Emblem Academy Blog for Parents

Dear Parents,

Welcome to your 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.

November 15, 2017 - GUITAR -- For today's last class we continued in the book with simple melodies using notes E, F, and G. We reviewed some old songs like hot cross buns, twinkle twinkle, etc. I also took some time and showed the kids some fun open tunings and different ways to play the guitar using open tunings like open G, D, and E7. They got curious about the slide so I let a bunch of them try it out. We had a lot of fun.

November 15, 2017 - PIANO  -- Our class today was the last of the current after-school enrichment series.  We had a great class of students!  Thank you for supporting their efforts!  Today each student successfully played “Deck the Halls”, and then moved ahead in their piano book to practice their sight-reading.  Please encourage your student to continue playing the songs in their book, reviewing old ones and trying new ones.  In the meantime, have a very Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays to all!

November 8, 2017 - GUITAR -- We worked from the book on notes E, F, and G on the first string. Introduced half notes and taught kids how to count while playing. Reviewed old songs like twinkle, twinkle little star.

November 8 - PIANO - We had another inspiring day of piano class yesterday!  All of the students are progressing so nicely, and eagerly learning their new songs every week!  For homework, please be sure your student is ready to play “Deck The Halls” for next Wednesday’s class.  That will be our last class of the Fall after-school enrichment series, but please encourage your student to continue exploring the rest of the songs in the piano book over the holidays so that they can continue to learn and enjoy their keyboard.

October 25, 2017 - GUITAR  -- Today we worked on reviewing simple melodies with the class. We went over Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. We moved on to note reading. Kids learned notes on the first string: e, f, and g.  We started using notes for simple melodies from the book.

October 25, 2017 - PIANO  - Dear Piano Families: Our piano students are doing so well!  We have worked on five songs in the curriculum book, and each student has mastered all of the songs.  For homework, please encourage your child to practice “Angels We Have Heard On High” for our next class session on November 1st.

October 18, 2017 - GUITAR - Kids continued working in their books on simple melodies on the first string. Tunes included Hot Cross Buns and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. We then moved on to learning the notes in treble clef and where our notes are located on the first string that we've been playing melodies on already.

October 18, 2017 - PIANO  -  All of our young pianists are progressing well in class!  Today we reviewed our previous songs (Ode to Joy, Mary Had a Little Lamb, and Jingle Bells), and began to learn our new song, Frere Jacques.  We are also learning about musical terms and notation, such as repeat signs and first and second endings, all of which appear in our Jingle Bells song.

For homework, please have your student continue to practice Frere Jacques, and to be prepared to play all four songs in next week’s class.

See you on the 25th!

October 11, 2017 - GUITAR - The kids worked on simple tunes from their book using the noted on the first string. They made it to page 13 and 14. Some tunes include Rain Rain Go Away, Hot Cross Buns, and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

October 11, 2017 - PIANO  - We had another wonderful piano class today!  All of the students successfully performed “Ode to Joy” before moving on to our next song, “Mary Had a Little Lamb”.  Please have your student continue to practice both songs (which are on the first page of the piano curriculum book).  For homework, please encourage your student to work on our next piece in the book, “Jingle Bells”.  We will review each of the previous songs each week, in addition to learning a new song at every class session.  Your student will know how to successfully play many songs by the end of our course!


September 20  - GUITAR

We went over strumming techniques and symbols designating up and down strokes. Started in the curriculum books on page 12 and 13 playing simple melodies on the open high e string. Also learned how to read simple tablature and where different frets are on the guitar.

September 20  - PIANO

We had an excellent time in piano today, and introduced our first song entitled “Ode to Joy”.  All of the students are getting comfortable with their keyboards, and successfully learning the notes and rhythms to their new song.  Each student received individual coaching and instruction, then we finished our class by playing Ode to Joy as a full ensemble.  It sounded great!

Please have your student continue to practice Ode to Joy at home, and we will learn a new song at our next class on Wednesday, October 11.  Please note that there is no class on September 27th or on October 4th, due to the school schedule.


September 13  - PIANO & GUITAR - Today it was our first class.  It was great meeting all your wonderful children.  The students were divided in two different groups: grade k-2nd in one group and 3-6 in another group.

Today it was our introductory class and the kids got to meet their instructors, as well as their classmates.  Each child has received his/her keyboard, guitars and materials.  The children were learning how to operate their instruments and their components.  Piano students also placed the music stickers on the keys, to help them learn the curriculum songs.  Each piano student received also a curriculum book and the teachers explained which songs they will be learning this semester.  Each child wrote his/her name on their instruments and materials, so as to avoid confusions.  Guitar students' Curriculum Books will be distributed next class as there was a delay in shipping from Florida due to hurricane Irma.  However, they used printed sheets for the first class.

Please remind your children to take good care of their instruments as they are fragile.

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.


Please note:

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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