Saturday, October 29, 2016 by Lisa Barwell | Composing
Students are still enjoying our fun composing workbook by Andrea and Trevor Dow called, “Brave Sage and the Magical Motives.” I love hearing each students’ motive (short, melody) that they compose. Here’s the next video: our second piece in the book, “Play a Toothy Tune.” Enjoy watching!
Other fun activities from this week included keyboard mapping using my bottle cap letters, Nuts About Note Reading starring Sheldon, and students achieving their goals!
Saturday, October 22, 2016 by Lisa Barwell | Recitals
This was Fall recital week! Six students came to the studio and played a lovely program for friends and family. They’ve been working hard and enjoyed sharing their music with the audience. Afterwards, everyone enjoyed a reception with food and fellowship. Parents had the opportunity to see a project that the students completed; describing in one word what music is to them. It was a wonderful recital!
Saturday, October 15, 2016 by Lisa Barwell | Composing
Here's a look at the last two weeks of music classes:
New music! Older students started learning more about composition using their new book, “Tinker: An Exploration in Music Creation” by Andrea and Trevor Dow. So far we’ve learned about “motive,” “repetition,” and “sequence.” Students are enjoying the sound of these pieces!
Several of my students enjoyed playing a “Flashcard Race,” a game I periodically pull out of my stash to review note naming or intervals. The students raced to find the notes called and then they marked them with the very handy candy corn erasers. This game keeps me on my toes as I have to watch carefully to make sure the candy corns are placed on the correct octave.
Several of us also played one of our all-time favorite games, “Over the Edge.” This is a fun game to review notes and rests.
To celebrate Autumn, even though it doesn’t feel like it here in Florida, younger students composed a piece called “It’s October” using a wonderful worksheet by Susan Paradis. I loved hearing their pieces! I think I have some budding composers in the studio.
Keeping with our composing theme, a few of my students started using “Brave Sage,” a workbook that teaches them how to write motives (a short musical phrase). This is such a neat book because, even though I have several students playing the same piece, each piece is a little different depending on which notes the students use to write their motives. Awesome!
Seeing these students have fun with music this week was such a joy!