Musical Road Trip: Summer 2020

This summer we all need to get away. Here’s my new challenge. Can’t wait for the students to bring back 5-8 souvenirs so I can give them their rewards at the end of the summer. Yes, I changed my room arrangement a bit. I moved the digital piano to the other wall for my sample class and I think I’ll keep it there for the summer!

Students choose their own activities to complete (or do all of them for a fabulous gift card!). Each of these musical souvenirs are actually a great way to review.

Here are the details. Stop along each street for musical souvenirs. Prizes increase for the number of souvenirs you collect over the summer.

5 musical souvenirs = candy bar -or- sticker pack

6 musical souvenirs = King size candy bar -or- bentcil

7 musical souvenirs = Texas Donut -or- $2 bill

8 musical souvenirs = $5 gift card of your choice!

Tempo Be able to put the 12 tempos in order from slowest to fastest

Dynamics Put the dynamics in order from ppp to fff

Composition Create a piece from your technic elements

Notes Pass two stages in Flashnote Derby

Music Periods Put the music periods in order from Medieval to Contemporary

Theory Triads, Intervals, Inversions, Scale Degree Names & more

Technic Pass three keys or patterns: scale, arpeggio, chords, folk song

Rhythm Complete three units in Rhythm Cups

I realized I never posted the winner of Sweet Keys last year (Summer 2019)! Here is a photo of last year’s summer challenge. Kait was the winner. She got to the end of the keyboard!

By gillpianostudio

Barbara Bryner Gill--Whether playing the piano or singing, Barbara has always enjoyed making music. She holds two music degrees from the University of Utah: a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, and a Master of Arts in Musicology. While attending the University of Utah her teachers included Barlow Bradford, Gladys Gladstone Rosenberg, and Vedrana Subotic.

Barbara regularly performs in the community, and has played for weddings, ceremonies, and special events for over a decade. She has been a choir member of the Utah Chamber Artists since 1999 and is also the Librarian and Administrative Assistant. In addition to teaching private piano lessons and musicianship classes, Barbara has been involved in arts administration holding positions such as the Administrative Coordinator for the Maurice Abravanel Visiting Distinguished Composers Series, and the Marketing Assistant for the Virtuoso Series at the University of Utah. Barbara is also involved in the Salt Lake Piano Competition.

An active member of the Utah Music Teachers Association, Barbara is a past president of the Jordan River chapter. She is Nationally Certified through the Music Teachers National Association and received her Permanent Professional Certified Teacher of Music status in 2015. Her students participate in a variety of performing experiences including the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) festivals. Barbara and her husband have three boys and a girl (named after a concert hall).

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