2016-2017: “A Musical Year”

Saturday, April 8, 2017 by Lisa Barwell | Broken Bone

Week Twenty-Eight

Wow! Spring break flew by and now we're nearing the end of our 34-week year. This stretch of the year is often challenging because burnout sometimes sets in, so I thought it would be fun to pull out some old and new games!

We've been reviewing theory concepts including "steps, skips, and repeats," "eighth note rhythms," and "key signatures."


One student got to play even more theory games because, sadly, he broke his arm. We made the best of the situation and did some right hand exercises as well as some rhythm and note naming games.


An exciting success story to share is that, so far this school year, four students have reached the 50 piece mark! I'm so proud of them for their hard work in not only learning the pieces assigned, but also going ahead in their books and learning on their own. Awesome job, students!

2016-2017: “A Musical Year”

Saturday, January 21, 2017 by Lisa Barwell | Broken Bone

Weeks Seventeen & Eighteen


The start of a new semester is always a great time to refresh! Our first week back to lessons included a review of studio policies with parents at each lesson as well as recording a new video to show students’ progress in their annual assessment videos.


The second week back included a not-so-fun surprise; a broken finger! However, this student and I chose to not let it deter us from the progress she has been making in piano lessons but, rather, to look at it as a fun challenge. She has been learning to play all sorts of music with just one hand and we’ve also been playing games to review theory in a fun way.


This week also included some new games, including “Hydrant Hullabaloo!” What a fun way to practice recognizing accidentals (sharps, flats, naturals) in music!