2016-2017: “A Musical Year”

Monday, January 30, 2017 by Lisa Barwell | Group Classes

Week Nineteen


Hooray for Group Class Week! We always have so much fun in group classes. It’s a refreshing change of pace for everyone and gives students the opportunity to learn together, building friendships along the way.


Our first activity was Rhythm Cups. Students learned to feel the beat and listen to each other, while also having a blast passing cups to each other, tapping cups to their foreheads, and trying to tap each other’s cups! Each student also had the opportunity to create their own rhythms that we tapped with cups.




The theme for this week’s classes was rhythm. The remainder of the class consisted of games that reviewed notes, rests, and counting.


“Monster Smash” is always a hit with students!


“Quest for Rest” and “Over the Edge” are fun group games.


Students also enjoyed our new games, “Caught in a Pot” and “Puddle Jumper.”



Reviewing music theory and rhythms can be so much fun!

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!