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Student Success & Extras

Rachel made it to the castle with her performance card.  She is always doing great things!

Saying goodbye to Sarah.  Remembering her top time.


Where are my pedals?  (Being fixed by technician.)


Can’t resist posting my kiddo.  She loves making sounds at the piano or digital or percussion instruments that I have.

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Cute Pics

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December 2016

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Top Spot Tied and a New Book

Congratulations on getting to the top of the metronome with alphabet ladders going forward and backward!  


Congratulations on finishing another book!

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The Grand Champion of Ice Cream Scoops is…

Lainey

Lainey!  Congrats to Lainey for completing 13 scoops for the summer ice cream challenge.  Not only does she receive her favorite ice cream, but she also receives a gift card for earning the most scoops.  This year I had students complete two practice activities, concert attendance, theory (plus composing a piece), technique, and technology (optional).  Students earned up to five “sprinkles” at each lesson and 15 sprinkles converted to one scoop.

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Hooray!  All of my students made the 8 scoop goal.   Each of them will receive their favorite 1/2 gallon (or equivalent, 1.75 quarts or whatever) of ice cream at their first lesson in September.

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Music Mapping

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I asked my students to make a map of at least one of their Federation pieces.  Lainey came this week and I followed her map of “Drifting Flight” by E.L. Lancaster.  She said it worked because she tried it out on her brother!

We’ve been following music maps in each group class for symphonic works so I thought it would be a great memory device for their own pieces.  Music maps outline gestures, show repetition of ideas, thicker lines can represent dynamic increases, and conducting the map follows the notion that “motion translates into sound and sound translates into motion.”

Preparing for Performance:

I also like to have a performance class dedicated to performing under pressure.  We play games such as “jump,” “distraction,” and post-it practice.

You always want to move forward in your piece so you don’t get stuck.  When given the signal or verbal shout “jump!” the performer needs to jump to the next section.  In “Distraction,” your goal is to keep performing no matter if someone hears giggling, a cell phone, whispering, papers rustling, judges writing comments, etc.  I’m good at continuing through distractions.  As a mom, I need to practice with the distraction of “silence.”

Post-it practice is used in many ways: memory chunks, putting the form in order, and being able to link one section to the next.  Performers should know their starting notes, fingers, and spots on the keyboard.

The last thing I am having my students do to prepare for solo festival is the “Performance Card.”  They need to have six little performances leading up to the “big” performance so they are comfortable playing different pianos, playing in different situations, and for different audiences.

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Ice Cream Winners

It has taken forever to get the pictures off of my camera.  Here are the winners and their favorite ice cream flavors.

Earned the most scoops and not only received his favorite ice cream, but also $5.
Earned the most scoops and not only received his favorite ice cream, but also $5.
Ben
She looks just like my niece, Arden.
She looks just like my niece, Arden.
Lainey
Brooklyn
Damon
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Performance Class

Rachel, Maggie, and Jillian performed at Daynes Music October 2.  I didn’t get a chance to snap a picture of Rachel.  They all performed well.  The goal is to have little performances before the “big” event so you can be settled, comfortable, and able to see how you react with adrenaline.  It takes time for a piece to simmer and that includes being in front of an audience.  I wish I had these experiences growing up.

Rachel is playing Vandall’s Queen Anne’s Lace.  Maggie is playing Mozart’s 12 Variations on “Ah, vous dirai je, Maman” K.300e (K.265) AKA Twinkle Star Variations.  Jillian is playing the lilting second movement to Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.21 in C Major.

Erica came to her lesson this month and showed off her torn ACL!  Not good for a soccer player.  Not good for a pianist without a grand piano.  When did my students get so tall?