My young student, Gwen, needed a little motivation to do something the first time or to be in rest position instead of playing while I was playing an example.
We keep score and she gains a point when she does something the first time. So far she beats me at every lesson!
My daughter can’t practice violin without me. We use marbles to get through practicing. She picks a prize for when the marble jar is full. Each time she does an assignment we add a marble to the jar. If needed, I add a marble for cooperating.
The easy button and beads also help lighten the mood at lessons.
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!
Saturday’s recital 6.14.2020 was a winner! I wore a mask and so did most of the audience members. We had plenty of wind and plenty of variety in the music choices and sounds. I’m waiting for more photos since I didn’t have a chance to take photos, clean the piano keys between each student, and remind them to use hand sanitizer. The auction was awesome! Everyone loved being able to compete for an item and then buy things from my tables with the money they had left over. Ruby earned the most money and Elena came in second.
Everyone loved this low key recital during this COVID-19 time. I shared a quote about resilience. My students definitely showed resilience as they were able to adjust to online lessons and then perform as if nothing had changed. Way to go!