Horace Mann Weekly Blog

Dear Parents,

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

Keyboarding Class Curriculum Review

Thank you for being a part of our keyboarding program for our winter trimester! Here’s a review, looking back on what we covered over our course. We are looking forward to returning with you in the spring!

Introduction to using a piano:

Stickers to identify the main keys used

Identifying middle C, which divides the piano between the “lower” and “higher” notes

Learning the white notes C, D, E, F, G, A, and B, the pattern which repeats across a piano

Pairing the five notes C, D, E, F, and G with the five fingers of each hand

Music theory covered:

Treble clef refers to higher notes on a piano, and calls for using the right hand

Bass clef refers to lower notes on a piano, and calls for using the left hand

Identifying C, D, E, F, and G in sheet music

Identifying different rhythmic lengths of notes in sheet music  (quarter, whole, and eighth notes)

Identifying and using repeat symbols in sheet music

Using time signatures

How to play a C Major chord

Identifying an octave

A day in class:

We began each day by reviewing the previous week’s song, answering any questions about it and perfecting it, and sometimes allowing someone to demonstrate it in front of the class. Once everyone was feeling comfortable with their piece, we would move on to the new song of the day!

For each new song, the teacher would demonstrate it for everyone, and explain any new music theory concepts that the song presented. Everyone would then begin to figure out the song on their own, using their individual songbooks, pianos, and headphones. The teacher came around to work with each person individually during this time.

Once everyone was getting a good grasp of their new songs, we would take a break to talk about a music theory concept together. For example, one day everyone learned how to play a C major chord, and we all played it and listened to each other play it! After exploring a concept like this, we’d return to the songs we’d just learned and make sure we remembered how to play them.

Some older piano students who had more advanced experience worked with the teacher to implement left hand parts in their songs, and learned more advanced music theory such as different types of chords, scales, and reading music.

This was our first time bringing the program to El Rodeo! We were happily returning to Horace Mann, and we had some returning students who had completed the program before. Students who had already done the piano curriculum moved on to the second half of the book, and you can see the songs they learned below!

Songs covered in first half of the book:

-Ode to Joy

-Mary Had A Little Lamb

-Jingle Bells

-Frère Jacques

-Angels We Have Heard on High

Alouette

-Deck The Halls

-The Farmer in the Dell

-London Bridge

-The Alphabet Song

-Yankee Doodle

 

 

Songs covered in second half of the book by returning students:

-Yankee Doodle

-This Old Man

-Bingo

-Jolly Old St. Nicholas

-Good Morning to You

-I’m a Little Teapot

-Heart and Soul

-The Bus Song

-Can You Feel the Love Tonight

-If You’re Happy and You Know It

-Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

 

 

Practice recital

We held a small in-class practice recital on the last day of the program. We set up a stage, and each student came on with their piano and played a song of their choice.  For some, it was their first time performing, and everyone did very well!

 

Thank you for a wonderful semester of piano! We look forward to seeing you again!

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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