Horace Mann Weekly Blog

Dear Parents,

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

Kindergarten class:

Thank you for joining us this semester in keyboarding! Here’s an outline of what has been covered in class!

Using the keyboard:

-Labeling notes on the piano by placing stickers corresponding to C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C notes (all notes in a C major scale)

-Playing C, D, E, F, G with the 5 fingers of the right hand

 

Music theory:

-Identifying quarter, whole, and eighth notes in sheet music, and learning the rhythmic difference between them

-Identifying the treble clef in sheet music, understanding that it generally refers to notes higher than middle C

-Identifying middle C on the piano from memory

-Reading notes in sheet music

-Identifying middle C in sheet music from memory

-Identifying notes on the keyboard without letter stickers

-Using repeat symbols in music

-Using rests

-Playing dotted notes

 

A day in class:

Each day, we began class by reviewing the previous week’s song, and going over any questions people had about it. Once we’d practiced sufficiently, we’d move on to learning our new song of the day!

 

The teacher would introduce the new song to the class by playing it for everyone to hear, and asking if it sounded familiar. We’d discuss the song’s musicality, and talk about any new musical concepts that it brought to our attention. Everyone then practiced the new song individually, using their headphones and sheet music.

 

People learned the curriculum’s music theory as an integral part of playing their songs, since each new song included slightly new concepts. For example, Jingle Bells used a repeated section with 2 different endings, Mary Had a Little Lamb contained eighth notes, and Alouette famously has dotted half notes which are held for three counts. Introducing only one or two musical concepts each day helped everyone learn music theory at a comfortable pace!

 

Students returning to the curriculum for a second time picked up where they had previously left off in their books. This way the songs they learned were new to them, and included new musical concepts. They worked with the higher notes on the keyboard in Jolly Old St. Nicholas, or the 3/4 time signature in Good Morning to You. And anyone returning to the class for a third time was able to go back to the beginning of the book and add left hand parts to their songs, as well as learn the sheet music without letters.

 

We held a small recital on the last day of the program, where each student played a song of their choice from the curriculum in a performance setting. The nine of us created an audience, and everyone played one song onstage. Many students experienced this as their first piano recital, and were thrilled!

 

Thank you for your participation and enthusiasm, we hope you enjoy your musical talents!

 

Songs covered:

-Ode to Joy

-Mary had A Little Lamb

-Jingle Bells

-Angles we Have Heard on High

-Alouette

-Frère Jacques

-Deck the Halls

-The Farmer in The Dell

-London Bridge

-The Alphabet Song

 

Songs covered by returning students:

 

-London Bridge

-The Alphabet Song

-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

 

Older class:

 

Thank you for joining us this semester in Keyboarding! Here’s an outline of what has been covered in class!

 

Using the keyboard:

-Labeling notes on the piano by placing stickers corresponding to C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C notes (all notes in a C major scale)

-Playing C, D, E, F, G with the 5 fingers of the right hand

 

Music theory:

-Identifying quarter, whole, and eighth notes in sheet music, and learning the rhythmic difference between them

-Identifying notes in sheet music from memory

-Identifying the treble clef and bass clef in sheet music, understanding the lower or higher notes that they refer to

-Identifying each note on the piano from memory

-Using repeat symbols in music

-Using different endings in sheet music

-Playing dotted notes

-How to play triad chords

-How to play a C major scale

-Hand positions for both hands

 

A day in class:

Each day began with the three students setting up their musical equipment and practicing the previous week’s song, and taking a look at the new song we’d be learning that day. The teacher individually worked with each student, coaching them musically on the last week’s piece. Then, we’d all learn the new song together!

 

The teacher demonstrated the new song for everyone to hear, and we explored any new musical concepts the song contained. We had a mixture of first-time, second-time, and third-time students, so people learned songs according to how many times they'd been in class. First-time students went from the beginning of the book, second-time students picked up where they left off, and third-time students added left-hand parts to their songs and learned to read the sheet music without letters.

 

We held a small practice recital on the last day of the program, where each student played two or three songs of their choice from the curriculum in a performance setting. We created an audience and a stage in the classrom, and exchanged ideas about performing music onstage afterwards.

 

Thank you for your participation and enthusiasm, everyone! See you next time and enjoy your musical talents!

 

Songs covered:

-Ode to Joy

-Mary Had a Little Lamb

-Jingle Bells

-Angels We Have Heard on High

-Alouette

-Frère Jacques

-Deck the Halls

-The Farmer in the Dell

-London Bridge

-The Alphabet Song

 

Songs covered by returning students:

-London Bridge

-The Alphabet Song

-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

 

Winter 18 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.

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