Horace Mann Weekly Blog

Dear Parents,

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

December 6, 2018: Today was our first day of keyboarding class! Each student received a personal keyboard and song book, which they are to keep at home for practicing, and bring to school every Thursday for class. At the end of the program, everyone gets to keep these for good! The class got acquainted with their pianos, learning about how to use them and where the notes are. Everyone has stickers corresponding to the notes C, D, E, F, G, A, and B on their keyboards, which are the notes in a C major scale, and are the notes most commonly used to play their songs. We learned how to play Ode to Joy in class, the first song in the book. People are welcome to practice this at home for next week, and to try memorizing it! We also learned middle C position with the hands. The kindergarten class learned this with one hand and can play the first few notes of Ode to Joy with the correct fingers. The older group knows it with both hands, and are working towards playing the whole song with the correct fingers. Keep practicing what your learned in class for next week! Next class, we’ll be moving on to Mary Had A Little Lamb.

FALL 2018 Keyboarding class curriculum review:

Music theory covered:

-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, and G with the 5 fingers of the right hand

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

-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

-Using repeat symbols in music

-How to play a C Major chord

A day in class:

Each day, we began by reviewing the previous week’s song, and usually a student would get to demonstrate it in front of the class. Then, we’d review some music theory concepts together, before a new song was presented. We’d discuss any questions about the new song as a group, and then everyone moved on to practicing the song independently; using their individual keyboards, books, and headphones.

Music theory was also applied into the process of learning each new song, as the teacher worked with each student individually, helping them understand it at their own pace.

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. We created an audience and a stage in the classroom. Many of the students experienced this as their first piano recital, and were thrilled!

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

Songs covered:

-Ode to Joy

-Mary Had A Little Lamb

-Jingle Bells

-Frère Jacques

-Deck The Halls

-London Bridge


-The Alphabet Song

-Yankee Doodle

-Twinkle Twinkle Little Star


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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Thank you very much.

OMG, Inc. Team


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