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 SIX  - ART  - TESORO ELEMENTARY (MAY 23, 2017)

This is the final report for our ending art program at Tesoro Elementary School. Today it was the last day of art class. We got to use chalk, made more mandalas, and some wanted to use markers. We had fun using chalk, at first they didn't know how to use it until just a few minutes later. We ended the art class with great art works! Each student got a free yogurt from golden spoon!

REPORT FOR WEEK SIX  - GUITAR  - TESORO ELEMENTARY (MAY 17, 2017)

Beginners worked on continuing in their books learning notes on the first string (e, f, and g) and learned simple tunes using these notes.

Returning older students continued working through their books, reviewing notes on the first and second strings. They also learned notes c and d on the second string. Some even got as far as learning notes on the open G string. They also played simple songs from the book using the notes they've learned so far

Donovan practiced his pieces for recital. "Canada" and "China"

REPORT FOR WEEK SIX  - PIANO  - TESORO ELEMENTARY (MAY 17, 2017)

Today it was our last day of the six week Spring program.  We focused on evaluation and each child played for the teacher.  The teacher made an assessment of each child's progress.  The students who are participating to this Sunday's Recital were able to perform their pieces in front of the class.

REPORT FOR WEEK FIVE  - ART  - TESORO ELEMENTARY (MAY 17, 2017)

Children today got to choose between doing a mandala design or painting. Most of the student chose the mandala. It was a great way to experiment colors.  Next week is the last the day for art class. We will go over what we learned in the program.

REPORT FOR WEEK FIVE  - GUITAR  - TESORO ELEMENTARY (MAY 10, 2017)

Beginners worked on continuing in their books learning simple songs like twinkle twinkle Little Star, and simple melodies reading notes on the first string.

Returning older students continued working through their books, reviewing notes on the first and second strings. They also learned note C on the second string. They also played simple songs from the book using the notes they've learned so far

Donovan practiced his pieces for recital. "Canada" and "China"

REPORT FOR WEEK FIVE  - PIANO  - TESORO ELEMENTARY (MAY 10, 2017)

Returning students group: We began by having the students who will be in the recital practice performing their so go for the class. Then they played their pieces another 5 times for practice and then proceeded to move forward in the book. Students not in the recital spent their time reviewing familiar tunes then moving forward in the book. They are at different levels according to how many semesters of piano they have taken, but have all reached to the white key notes on page 48 and higher. The most advanced students worked through pages 56-60 and up.

New Students: we focused on page 15 of the Curriculum Book, learning a song called 'Merrily we Roll Along'.  Students are expected to practice this new song two or three times daily throughout this week in order to make it sound smooth.  We also reviewed previously learned materials.

REPORT FOR WEEK FOUR  - ART  - TESORO ELEMENTARY (MAY 10, 2017)

We went over how much we learned over the few days past few days. We did an assignment on why art class is very import and learning different things. Art can also be a therapy for kids to be involving the encouragement of free self-expression through painting, drawing, or modeling. Yesterday class we did mandalas and used colors to express emotions with various of colors.

REPORT FOR WEEK FOUR  - GUITAR  - TESORO ELEMENTARY (MAY 3rd, 2017)

We split up the class into to groups. One, beginning students new to the class this term, and two, returning older students.

Beginners worked on continuing in their books learning simple songs like rain rain go away, using the notes they learned on the high e string.

Returning older students continued working through their books learning the treble clef notes on the first string, and adding the first note (D) on the second string. They also played simple songs from the book using the notes they've learned so far.

REPORT FOR WEEK FOUR  - PIANO  - TESORO ELEMENTARY (MAY 3rd, 2017)

Returning Students: The Class began with the students who are currently signed up to participate in the recital performing their songs for the class as a practice performance. After performing, they practiced the songs a few more times to fine tune, then proceeded to learn new material in the book. Students who are not performing began by respectfully watching the practice performances and then proceeded to progress in the curriculum book. Students are at various stages depending upon how many semesters of piano they have taken. Most are around page 48 but the most experienced have made it to pages 55-60.

New Students:  We started the class by observing rehearsal performances of a few returning students who are performing at the recital.  Then we proceeded to learn new material on pages 11, 12, 13 and 14, which covered the following: half notes, rhythmic exercising utilizing quarter and half notes, writing their own composition on page 14 and utilizing the full range of the keyboard in the down and up directions.

REPORT FOR WEEK THREE  - ART  - TESORO ELEMENTARY (MAY 2nd, 2017)

Today we learned different shapes and lines and incorporated them  in our sketches. Different shapes create different things for example, we did a step by step on how to create a fox. We used different colors and media for our sketches. We also learn about 3D dimensions with shapes and shading to give it a 3D perspective.

REPORT FOR WEEK THREE  - GUITAR  - TESORO ELEMENTARY (APRIL 26, 2017)

We split up the class into to groups. One, beginning students new to the class this term, and two, returning older students.

Beginners worked on continuing in their books learning to play notes on the open e string and recognizing fret numbers. They also worked on playing between open and fretted notes with the left hand.

Returning older students continued working through their books learning the treble clef notes on the first string (E, F, and G). Some more advanced students received basic chord sheets and instructions on reading chord diagrams.

REPORT FOR WEEK THREE  - PIANO  - TESORO ELEMENTARY (APRIL 26, 2017)

The returning students in this group dedicated the majority of the class time to practicing their song for the upcoming recital. I had them play the full song 10 times proficiently. If they chose two songs, they would play each song 10 times. If they completed that assignment with extra time left in class, they would move on to play one more page past where they were in the book last time. Some of the most advanced students got up to page 56, whereas most of the students worked up to pages 45/46.

New students covered new material on pages 8, 9 and 10 getting familiar with groups of black keys, high and low sounds, finger numbers and 1/4 note.  Then we proceeded to review the material covered in the previous lesson.  I am glad to see that some students are practicing at home, however the goal is to have everyone practice at home, as to not fall behind.

REPORT FOR WEEK TWO  - ART  - TESORO ELEMENTARY (APRIL 25, 2017)

For this class, we painted with watercolor painting on art paper and created, each student created colorful paintings. We also did another project of a dog with triangle shape in art class. We basically experimented all the colors inside the art kit. Next week, we are going to learn how to learn the basic techniques of drawing/sketching.

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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