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Dear Parents,

Here you will learn about all that we have covered with your wonderful children during the spring 2019 keyboarding program.

Kindergarten: Throughout most of the course, the students used one finger to play the notes, but as we got to the final weeks of the class, there was more comfort in using other fingers. Some were even adventurous and would play the songs once with right hand, and then repeat it with the left. We identified different notes and their values, while also learning the letter names and where they fall on the staff. Some songs have a repeat in them. The repeat signed was identified and learned how to navigate the sheet music when there is one. Each class the students would practice wearing headphones, and then put on a performance of 2-4 songs for their peers.

Songs covered:

  • Ode To Joy
  • Mary Had A Little Lamb
  • Jingle Bells
  • Frère Jacques
  • Aloutette
  • Deck The Halls
  • London Bridge
  • The Alphabet Song
  • Yankee Doodle
  • Bingo
  • Good Morning To You (Happy Birthday)
  • Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

 

Grades 1-5: Some students had some experience with piano prior to the class. We focussed on playing using all five fingers, and learning how to read the notes on the staff. As class progressed, the students became more comfortable with the notes that did not have stickers on them displaying the note name. They were introduced to C, F, G and Am chords and participated in a duet of "Heart and Soul". To emphasize rhythm, often we would play and sing the melodies of the songs. The keyboards have built in songs. We would play Ode To Joy with the backing track to emphasize proper rhythm. Like with the Kindergarteners, each student would practice with headphones, and then perform a concert of 2-4 songs for the class. During the last class, each student performed a recital of their favorite songs.

Songs covered:

  • Ode To Joy
  • Mary Had A Little Lamb
  • Jingle Bells
  • Frère Jacques
  • Angels We Have Heard On High
  • Aloutette
  • Deck The Halls
  • The Farmer In The Dell
  • London Bridge
  • The Alphabet Song
  • Yankee Doodle
  • This Old Man
  • Bingo
  • Jolly Old St. Nicholas
  • Good Morning To You (Happy Birthday)
  • Heart and Soul
  • Can You Feel The Love Tonight
  • If You're Happy and You Know It
  • Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
  • Silent Night
  • Old McDonald Had A Farm

Here you will learn about all that we have covered with your wonderful children during the winter 2018 keyboarding program.

Kindergarten: Through the course, each class focused on one song, and an additional one for the students that completed the song correctly. We started with playing the songs with 1 finger, and then slowly moved to using 5 fingers on C position.

The students were also taught a little bit of music theory and notation in the form of drawing. They learnt how to draw a treble clef, bass clef, quarter note, half note and whole note.

Songs from Oksana Piano Book completed:

  1. Ode To Joy
  2. Mary Had A Little Lamb
  3. Jingle Bells
  4. Angels We Have Heard On High
  5. Farmer in the Dell
  6. The Alphabet Song
  7. Old MacDonald Had A Farm
  8. Jolly Old St. Nicholas
  9. Deck The Halls
  10. London Bridge
  11. Alouette

Grades 1-5:

Some of the students in this class had already had prior experience with playing the keyboard, so we modified the songs to make it harder - incorporating two hands, 5 finger C position, chords and theory.

Students were taught music notation for quarter notes, half notes and whole notes in the form of clapping games where they are made to clap particular notes while the teacher counts in tempo.

Songs completed:

  1. Ode To Joy
  2. Mary Had A Little Lamb
  3. Jingle Bells
  4. Angels We Have Heard On High
  5. Farmer in the Dell
  6. The Alphabet Song
  7. Old MacDonald Had A Farm
  8. Jolly Old St. Nicholas
  9. Deck The Halls
  10. London Bridge
  11. Alouette
  12. Silent Night
  13. Amazing Grace
  14. If You're Happy And You Know It
  15. Heart And Soul
  16. I'm A Little Teapot
  17. Happy Birthday

 

Chords:

C chord

G chord

F chord

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 offer one-on-one private lessons in Piano, Guitar, Singing, Violin, etc.

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Thank you very much.

OMG, Inc. Team

www.oksanaschoolofmusic.com


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