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.

Date for the 2017 Grand Recital: Sunday, May 7, 4pm -
REPORT FOR WEEK EIGHT - GUITAR & PIANO  - TESORO ELEMENTARY (MARCH 8, 2017)

Today we focused on evaluations. Each child took a turn coming up to the teacher and playing one or two short songs out of the book, and we would write down which page they left off on as a reference point of how far they got this in this class and whether or not they are ready to move to a more advanced curriculum. Each child was able to play basic melodies.

REPORT FOR WEEK SEVEN - GUITAR  - TESORO ELEMENTARY (MARCH 1st, 2017)

Today I reviewed older materials and assisted as students practiced the songs we have so far looked at, helped each other with basic note reading, began finger picking work, and even began to sight read new pieces.

REPORT FOR WEEK SEVEN  - PIANO - TESORO ELEMENTARY (MARCH 1st, 2017)

Group K-2: Review of page 17, then proceeding to page 18.

Group 3-6: Review of pages 47-48, then working on recognizing the melodies on page 49 and completing the worksheet on page 50.

REPORT FOR WEEK SIX - PIANO - TESORO ELEMENTARY (FEB 22, 2017)

K-2: Review of the song on page 15, progress to group drills on page 16then new tune on page 17. Most students finished learning page 17 by then end of the session and spent the last 5 minutes starting on page 18.

3rd-6th: Review of tunes on pages 46 and 47. Student spent most of the time improving their ability to accurately and consistently play the tune on page 47 with correct note recognition and a sense of rhythm. Then, they progressed to the drills on page 48 in the last 5 minutes.

 

REPORT FOR WEEK SIX  - GUITAR - TESORO ELEMENTARY (FEB 22, 2017)

K-2 students continued work on the songs Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal on pages 12 and 13.

3-6 was very focused and productive today, reviewing Rain Rain, Go Away and Hot Cross Buns and beginning work on Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (pages 14-17). Some older students are becoming proficient enough at note reading to work on songs which I haven't introduced to the class, and others are kindly helping younger students learn and stay focused.

REPORT FOR WEEK FIVE - PIANO - TESORO ELEMENTARY (FEB 15, 2017)

K-2: Review of page 12-13, progress to page 14-15. Students who learned page 15 well within class time were able to begin working on the song on page 17, although the class as a whole will be learning this song in detail next week.

3rd-6th grade: Students reviewed the tune on page 45, and once finished with review, proceeded to the sight reading drills on page 46 and the new tune on page 47.

REPORT FOR WEEK FIVE  - GUITAR - TESORO ELEMENTARY (FEB 15, 2017)

Today we began by reviewing the open strings, and then the songs that we have so far looked at (pages 12-14). I used this as an opportunity to begin to introduce some beginning note reading as it relates to the fret-board and the pieces we've looked at. As usual, I played a short song myself for them to listen to part way through class, and after that a gave students who were interested an opportunity to share what they have been working on with the class. In the last few minutes, I gave some free practice time and went around to give individual help, as learning to practice is an important skill to work on.

REPORT FOR WEEK FOUR  - TESORO ELEMENTARY (FEB 8, 2017)

Piano Group 1, K-2 & New Students:

K-2 worked from page 12-14. We worked on gradually strengthening concepts of finger placement and rhythm for the group as a whole until they all can apply the concepts to their playing on a consistent basis.

Piano Group 2, Grade 3-6, and returning students: 

Grades 3-6 reviewed page 43 and completed the worksheet on page 44 with focus on accurate answers and understanding the structure of notes A-G on the keyboard. They then progressed to the song on page 45, introducing white key notes for the first time in a song rather than purely technical exercises.

GUITAR STUDENTS:

Today we looked at the song "Rain, Rain, Go Away" on page 14. Most older students were able to play the whole tune, while most k-2 students only worked on the first phrase, and I helped them to practice by pushing down their fingers. If parents are able to help younger students practice in this way, it will help a lot, but I know that isn't possible for every family. We also reviewed "Olympic Bronze" on page 12, where some older students are learning the accompanying chords. It is a moveable shape that is played in three positions, but students have just been working on the lowest chord, the Fmaj7, where the first finger rests on the first fret of the second string. Aside from work on the fret board, we spent a few minutes clapping along in time to some chords I played, for students to begin to develop a consistent internal metronome.

REPORT FOR WEEK THREE - TESORO ELEMENTARY (FEB 1st, 2017)

Piano Group 1, K-2 & New Students:

Pages 10-11 until all students got a solid grasp on the material, then pages 12-13.

Piano Group 2, Grade 3-6, and returning students: 

Review of page 37-39 (recognizing white keys A-G on keyboard), then progressed to pages 40-43 (technical exercise combining rhythm with recognition of white key letter names).

GUITAR STUDENTS:

We worked on the songs on pages 12 and 13 in the Curriculum Book, using fret numbers to play music on the first string.

REPORT FOR WEEK 2 - TESORO ELEMENTARY (JAN 25, 2017)

Piano Group 1 K-2 & New Students:

This group focused on strengthening the concepts of correct finger placement on the keyboard and the basics of rhythm and pitch.

Students studied Page 6-10 in the curriculum book.  Please go over it at home.

Piano Group 2, Grade 3-6, and returning students: 

This group started by reviewing the long song from last class, "Sailor Jack," then proceeded to start Unit 4, which is about naming white keys and finding notes A-G on the keyboard.

Students studied Page 30-38 in the curriculum book.  Please go over it at home.

Guitar Students:

We looked at page 5, specifically, sitting with a guitar; page 6, on holding a pick; page 7, downstrokes and upstrokes; page 9, on correct fretting; page 10, on the anatomy of a guitar; page 11, on naming and numbering the strings.

Please go over these pages in your curriculum book at home.

REPORT FOR WEEK ONE TESORO ELEMENTARY (JAN 18, 2017)

GRADE K-2 PIANO and NEW STUDENTS
- Learning basic rhythm values along with interactive rhythm clapping and counting exercises.
- Learning  finger numbers and proper finger placement on the keyboard.
- K-2 and new students spent time reinforcing the concepts of rhythm and finger placement on keyboard.

GRADE 3-6, PIANO and RETURNING STUDENTS:
- Quick review of basic rhythm values along with interactive rhythm clapping and counting exercises.
- Review of finger numbers and proper finger placement on the keyboard.
- Working through group ear training exercises on page 28 and individual composition activity on page 29.
- Older returning students progressed to song "Sailor Jack" on page 30-34, and took a look at the concept of Naming White Keys at the beginning of Unit 4.

GUITAR STUDENTS:
- We spent most of the lesson learning about the instrument’s parts, assembling certain pieces, un-packing from the boxes and learning the basics of tuning.
- We covered pages 10 and 11 of the curriculum book, about the anatomy of the guitar and on tuning.

We will be moving forward with the curriculum book starting the next session.  Please make sure your children bring all the materials to each class. The teacher will tune the guitars before each session so we have more time to spend on the curriculum.

 

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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