2016-2017: “A Musical Year”

Saturday, February 4, 2017 by Lisa Barwell | Games

Weeks Twenty & Twenty-One

Things are busy, busy, busy here in the studio. Federation students are working hard to polish their solos and duets for Festival coming up on February 24 and 25. Preparation has also begun for the March recital. Recital pieces were chosen by the participants and it’s looking like it will be a fun recital, full of interesting pieces!
In between all the serious work, we managed to squeeze in a few games, of course! After all, life can’t be all work and no play, right?
“Puddle Jumper” (reviewing note values) and “Root Canal” (practice with quickly creating root, 1 st inversion, and 2 nd inversion chords on the piano) made appearances again this week. These games are turning out to be studio favorites!


A new activity for the week was “Football Flashcards.” These flashcards really make the learning full-circle because students can fit the card into the piano key to show where it is played, instead of just naming it. Awesome! This led to some students having “breakthrough moments” in their understanding of the keyboard layout.


I love seeing my students enjoying themselves and making music!