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!
Saturday, October 1, 2016 by Lisa Barwell | Fall
The fall recital is getting closer so we’ve been working hard on our pieces. This student loves to play “Shadows” because of the spooky, minor sound!
Older students enjoyed another game break this week! We learned how to play “Udder Space Aliens,” a game that helps us practice chords and inversions. We had a lot of fun with this one!
Several students reviewed chords by using these candy corn erasers. This was good practice for them to really think about which notes are used to build the chords that they regularly play in their warm-ups.
I loved seeing my students make connections this week! Whether it was through a piece they enjoyed playing or through a better understanding of how music works, it was rewarding!