Group Lesson Dates 2017-18

7th-12th Grade students:  Tuesdays, 3:15-4:15

1st-6th Grade students:  Tuesdays, 4:15-5:15

October 24, Tuesday:  Topics included--How to tell YOUR story in your performance!  Preparing mentally and physically for performing; Music Theory--intervals and steps; Birthdays of avant-garde composer George Crumb and the "Waltz King" Johann Strauss, Jr.

November 21:  Storytelling through music, improv; motivic development--sequence, repetition, transposition, retrograde, etc; Piano Pal composition ideas.

January 30:  Presentation of Piano Pal/composition project!  We will also be discussing French music and composers and practicing effectively.  Of course, music theory games and French snacks!

March 13:  Preparation for M.A.P. performance; Performance Anxiety as an Asset; Projecting through our pieces--color, mood, dynamics, tone, story; Edvard Grieg; Shape-note singing.

May 1:  Listening Guide, Score Analysis, Franz Liszt, Benjamin Britten, British tea and digestives.  

June 4:  One last performance opportunity before Guild tomorrow, and our Spring Recital!  Plus, end of the year music games!



Group Lesson Dates 2016-2017

7th-12th Grade students:  Tuesdays, 3:15-4:15

1st-6th Grade students:  Tuesdays, 4:15-5:15

October 11--Mozart, Practice Techniques that Really Work, M/m/dim/Aug Chords and Lead Sheets

November 22--Lead Sheet performances, Improvisation, How Music Study Affects Your Life, and Piano Pal assignment!

January 31--Piano Pal performances!  Plus, Schubert/Mozart comparisons, Musical Terms, Musical Forms

March 21--Bach's 332nd Birthday!  Plus Performance Prep/Bulletproof Musician, Adjudications performances 

May 2--Introducing the new Steinway!  It's all about that Piano....

June 5 (Monday--please note the change!)--Getting ready for National Guild exams the next day!  Birthdays of Martha Argerich and Kenny G!  Technique Races--Scales, Chords, Cadences, Arpeggios; Performance Tips; Fun Summer Project Ideas.