Parents’ Blog for Tesoro Del Valle Elementary School

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the new 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 be informed that we do a special performance for all the parents at the end of the school year, in May, at our Oksana School of Music & Art Grand Recital.  You may see the previous years’ recitals at this link:  Grand Recitals.

PLEASE NOTE: NO REFUNDS AFTER THE START OF THE PROGRAM.

REPORT FOR WEEK TWO  - GUITAR & PIANO  - TESORO ELEMENTARY (APRIL 19, 2017)

New Piano Students:  In this class we reviewed pages 3, 4 and 5 in the Curriculum book and proceeded with new material on pages 6 and 7.  Please have your children practice the four exercises on each page at home so they strengthen their understanding of 2 and 3 groups of black keys, as well as finger-numbering, direction of the keyboard and building their finger independence in the left and righ hand.

Returning PIANO Students: In this group, the students work in teams on the material that is most suited to their level. The two most advanced students reviewed the song on page 51 and then moved onto the long song on pages 52-53. The rest of the group worked by reviewing the technique drills on pages 40-43, which we went through last semester, and progressed to the songs on pages 45-47. This group will solidify page 47 in the next class before moving on. The entire group did the rhythm drill on the top of page 48 together, so that the students have an activity which they can do simultaneously as a team.

New GUITAR students: 

- picking notes on the 1st string

-Tuning notes

Returning students: 

-simple melodies from book (twinkle twinkle, etc.)

-Basic note reading in open position

Plan for next week:

New: more notes on string one and maybe simple chords

Returning: chords

REPORT FOR WEEK ONE  - ART  - TESORO ELEMENTARY (APRIL 19, 2017)

GRADES K-6 : I gave an introduction about art and as well as the art kit. We learned how to make a Color Wheel  by using primary colors and secondary colors. We also learned how to combined two colors and make a complementary colors. I showed them a guideline to learn how to create two different colors and use them for our next class. We also learned a few techniques for our next art class using waving line, vertical, horizontal, and patch lines.
REPORT FOR WEEK ONE  - GUITAR  - TESORO ELEMENTARY (APRIL 12, 2017)

In this class, we began by dividing into two main groups - one group of beginners in grades K-2, and one group of returning students and those in grades 3-6. Young beginners started at the very beginning of the curriculum book, learning how to hold the instrument properly, recognize fret numbers, and positions their left hand fingers on the fret-board and pluck strings with the right hand. In the group of older and returning students, the returning students began where they left off in the book last semester and helped the new students learn the fundamentals and catch up closer to their level quickly.

REPORT FOR WEEK ONE  - PIANO  - TESORO ELEMENTARY (APRIL 12, 2017)

In this class, we began by dividing into four main groups - one group of beginners in grades K-2, second group beginner 3-6, third group returning students (k-2) and fourth group of returning students, grades 3-6. The groups work as a team and each group has a leader.  The team members help each other to ensure everyone moves at the same pace.

The returning students picked two songs that they diligently rehearsed for the upcoming recital and they got to perform them for their classmates. We also looked at new material on page 51, a song called The Zoo.

The new students received their instruments and books, and spent time becoming familiar with them.  Then we focused on pages 3, 4 and 5  of their curriculum book.

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

www.oksanaschoolofmusic.com


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