Welcome to your Beverly Vista School Weekly Report Blog!
Here you will learn about all that we have covered with your wonderful children during the week. This blog is updated weekly. Please check periodically for the updates.
Please note: NO REFUNDS are issued after the program has started and no make ups or pro-rate are offered if a child misses a class.
Wednesday April 18, 2018: Kindergarten: We had a great class today! We reviewed Mary Had a Little Lamb, making sure everyone could play it proficiently! Everyone is practicing how to play the right notes in a song based on what they see in their sheet music. People learned how to take the song measure by measure, a great memorization strategy! We talked again about how some notes in the song are longer than others. People demonstrated the different notes’ lengths well today! Everyone can keep practicing Mary Had A Little Lamb and Ode to Joy. Next week, we’ll be moving on to Jingle Bells!
Older: We had a great class today! We learned an exciting new song, Jingle Bells! This song contained some new concepts, so it was a learning-filled day. There was a repeat symbol in the song, which means to repeat a measure of the music. Then, there were numbered sections in the music, meaning to play different parts at different times. Everyone learned how to play the song very well, and did a great job with these new concepts! This song also has some whole notes! Whole notes last for four counts, making it the longest note we have seen so far. We leaned about how to include this type of note in the song, and how it relates to the rhythm. Everyone may practice Jingle Bells at home, and we’ll see you all next week!
April 11, 2018: Kindergarten: We had a great keyboarding class today! We briefly reviewed Ode to Joy, and then I demonstrated our new song, Mary Had A Little Lamb, and everyone got to work on it. By the end of the period everyone was able to play it all the way through! We briefly discussed the different types of notes in the song, and how they relate to the rhythm. They practiced playing the song to the right rhythm and did a great job! Everyone can practice Mary Had A Little Lamb for next week!
Older: We had a great keyboarding class today! We started the class by introducing our new song, Mary Had A Little Lamb. Everyone was able to play it and did a great job! Since this song was fairly simple, we used it to learn how to play the notes with the correct fingers. There were only approximately 5 notes in the song, so the students figured out which fingers correspond to the notes. We also introduced the Treble clef, which is the clef used for all the songs in their book. By the end of the period, students were starting to figure out how to play both Ode to Joy and Mary Had a Little Lamb with the correct fingers! Everyone is encouraged to practice either or both songs for next week, when we’ll be moving on to a new song.
April 4, 2018 - Kindergarten - We had a great second keyboarding class today!
The song of the day was Ode To Joy. Everyone got acquainted with how to match the letters in their sheet music to the letters on their pianos. We just worked on identifying the notes in this easy song, and figuring out the rhythm of it. Some students were identifying rhythm for the first time, so this was an exciting discovery! Everyone may practice Ode to Joy at home, and may start looking at Mary Had a Little Lamb, since that will be the song focused on next class.
Older: We had a great second keyboarding class today! We learned the song Ode to Joy, and identified how to match the letters on their sheet music to the letters on their pianos. This was a simple introduction to identifying notes. We made sure everybody understood the rhythm of the song, knowing how to play it to the correct tempo. I even pointed out some half notes in the song, which are longer than quarter notes. This is all rhythm lingo, which we’ll touch base with more in the future. Everyone is encouraged to practice Ode to Joy, and we’ll revisit it next week and then move on to Mary Had A Little Lamb!
March 28, 2018 - Kindergarten -- We had a wonderful first day of keyboarding class! Everyone got acquainted with all of their new materials: their pianos, song books, and headphones! We handed out the mini keyboards to everyone, and learned where the 8 essential notes are from middle c to the next octave up. Everyone put stickers on these notes to identify them. After learning these notes, everyone was introduced to their first song, Ode to Joy! We will be working on this song in the next class, so students are encouraged to practice it as much as they would like.
Older: We had a wonderful first day of keyboarding class! Everyone got acquainted with all of their new materials: their pianos, song books, and headphones! We handed out the mini keyboards to everyone, and learned where the 8 essential notes are from middle c to the next octave up. Everyone put stickers on these notes to identify them. After learning these notes, everyone practiced the first song, Ode to Joy, for the remainder of class. Next week, we will go over Ode to Joy and possibly take a look at the next song after that, Mary Had a Little Lamb.
We are looking forward to next week!
Please remind your children to take good care of their equipment as it is sensitive.
Please keep in mind that since this is a group class, and every student learns at the pace of the group, it is expected that some children may be faster than others in learning. In this group class we all work as a team, so the faster students get to help their study partners.
We do offer private, one-on-one music lessons in the comfort of your home. So, we suggest to continue your children’s training with one of our outstanding instructors so they don’t have a long gap between lessons, and therefore hinder their progress.
Thank you very much.
Oksana and Staff
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