John Thomas Dye School Blog

Dear Parents,

Welcome to your John Thomas Dye 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.


In the beginning of class, both the guitar and piano students were combined together for a few minutes to learn music theory concepts. Over the course of the class, these concepts included the following:

Parts of sheet music:

-Identifying Treble and Bass Clef

-Naming all the notes in the Treble Clef: C and D on their own, F, A, C, E on the spaces, and E, G, B, D, F on the line


-Playing a C major chord on the piano

-Playing a C minor chord on the piano

-Playing an F major chord on the piano

-Playing a G major chord on the guitar AND piano


-Defining what an octave is

-Knowing how high or low a note should be on the piano or guitar, based on how high it falls on the sheet music

-Knowing the difference between middle C and the C an octave higher

Types of notes

-Identifying and differentiating between quarter, eighth, half, and whole notes

Then, the class split off into groups for piano or guitar.

The guitar students learned:

Guitar introduction

-Parts of the guitar: pick, strings, tuning pegs, frets, and fret numbers

-How to hold and strum the guitar properly

-How to tune the guitar

-Learning what notes correspond to the strings played openly (no fingers on the frets)

Notes learned on guitar:

-E, F, G, D, C, B, A, and lower G

Songs covered:

-Olympic bronze, sliver, and gold

-Rain, Rain, Go Away

-Hot Cross Buns

-Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

-The Spanish Bullfight

-The Gypsy

-Same Note Blues

-Over Distant Mountains

-March of the Animals

-Caribbean Breeze


-Strumming upwards and downwards, reading the symbols for this

-Counting rhythms on 4/4 time signatures

-Playing half notes and quarter notes in the same song

Meanwhile, the piano students learned:


-Learning the notes on their keyboards with the help of stickers

-Identifying middle C from memory


-Playing a C major scale

-Reading their sheet music

-Playing the half, quarter, eighth, and whole notes in their songs correctly

-Knowing how to identify an octave on their keyboards

-Knowing the difference between higher and lower notes that share the same letter

-Using repeat symbols

-Following sheet music instructions for different song endings


-Learning how to play C, D, E, F, and G with the correct fingers

-Practicing piano chords

Songs Covered:

-Ode to Joy

-Mary Had A Little Lamb

-Jingle Bells

-Frère Jacques

-The Alphabet Song

-London Bridge

-Deck The Halls


-The Farmer In The Dell

-Yankee Doodle

-Heart And Soul

At the end, we had a small in-class recital! Everyone played their best songs from the course of the class.

Thank you for a great class, have a great summer and enjoy your musical talents!


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.

Please note:

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

Please watch this TED Ed video on YouTube to understand the importance of music lessons:

Original video is posted on TED Ed - Lessons Worth Sharing!