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.
Wednesday, May 9 - Kindergarten: Today was our last day of keyboarding class! We briefly learned our new song, Angels We Have Heard On High, and then at the end of class we had a small recital! Angels We Have Heard On High was new to most people, but it wasn't very difficult to briefly learn since the notes were familiar. At our mini-recital at the end of class, all 10 students played a song in front of the class! This was the first time many students had ever played in front of a group, which was exciting. The songs performed included Ode to Joy, Mary Had A Little Lamb, Jingle Bells, Frère Jacques, and someone even included an original song! Bravo! Thank you all for a wonderful semester of keyboarding, enjoy your summer and your new musical talents!
Older: Today was our last day of keyboarding class! We briefly learned our new song, Alouette, which was pretty easy for everyone, and at the end of our class we had a small recital. Alouette only contained a few notes out of all the notes everyone is used to playing, and it had a familiar melody. People figured this song out quickly and then practiced the songs they wanted to perform in front of the class at the end. At our mini recital, people played a variety of songs including Ode to Joy, Jingle Bells, Frère Jacques, and Mary Had A Little Lamb. Thank you all for a great semester of keyboarding! Have a wonderful summer and enjoy your musical talents!
May 2: Kindergarten: We had a great class today! The song of the day was Frère Jacques! Everyone in the class was able to play the song all the way through today! About half of the class had heard the song before, and the other half hadn’t. The song was demonstrated at the beginning of class, and then we began playing the song individually. Everyone did a great job figuring out how to play the notes in their sheet music, and found a sense of the song and its rhythm. We also discussed playing with your right hand in the treble clef! Keep practicing this song for next week, we’ll see you then!
Older: We had a great class today! The song of the day was Angels We Have Heard On High. This song was fairly simple; one line of music that was repeated twice. People were able to figure this song out fairly quickly! After completing this song, we briefly practiced the songs we had done before. We introduced the concepts we know now into the old songs, such as using the right hand and using all five fingers. Keep practicing this song for next week, and we’ll move on to a new song next time!
Wednesday April 25, 2018: Kindergarten: Today’s song was Jingle Bells! Every did a great job with both the timing of the notes and the structure of the song, and they’re ready to move on! People definitely improved on the song during class. People learned how to play the quarter notes in the song, and realized they carried a different beat than if they were eighth notes. Everyone understood how different types of notes can affect the rhythm of the song! Some were beginning to figure out how to use the correct fingering as well! Since the song was familiar to everyone, it was easy for them to figure out how to play it the way the sheet music was presented. We had to play the first section of the song, repeat it, and finish with a different ending. They sang the song to help figure this out, and did very well We will review the song at the beginning of our class, and then move on!
Older: The song of today was Frère Jacques. People are becoming increasingly familiar with how to use all five fingers, which is great! This song was a simple composition with a lot of notes and note types people had seen before. Its simplicity was helpful, since a lot of kids hadn’t heard the song before, and figured it out based on reading the music! Keep practicing this song, and we’ll move on next 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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