Handout will be provided in lessons this week!
Lesson 4 Challenge Assignment
Rhythmic practice - assignment sheets will be given in lesson.
Lesson 3 Challenge Assignment
Students will receive personalized challenge assignments this week, earning 1-3 points if completed!
Lesson 2 Challenge Assignment
Flashcards! Up to 2 ledger lines below or above each staff.
USE THIS TO PREPARE: https://www.richmanmusicschool.com/products/name-that-note
Beginner students (pre-reading or early-reading) will receive an alternate assignment.
Lesson 1 Challenge Assignment
Level 1: Create a weekly schedule that shows when your practice will take place each day. You can make it very detailed (showing times that you are in school, doing homework, or engaged in other activities) or simply demonstrate your piano practice time. The goal is to have an agreed-upon piano practice schedule. It can evolve over the course of the year (e.g. as sports change) but there should be no question as to when piano practice will happen... It will make it MUCH easier on everyone (especially parents having to remind students to practice). Bring this to your lesson. Younger students will need help with this!
Level 2: Level 1 PLUS log your practice times this week (those who have a notebook: there is a log at the bottom of the page). For some young beginners, I will give them two points for this as they are not ready for the journal option below!
Level 3: Level 2 PLUS keep a practice journal (HOW did you practice? How did you problem solve? What questions came up and how did your approach change through the week? How can I help?).
If you really want to get into it and try a practice journal for the year, here's a good summary of what you might include: https://www.modacity.co/blog/note-taking-tips-for-musicians/
I am proud to have studied with renowned pianists and teachers who gave me so many tools for my development that I can now pass on to the next generation. I. recently stumbled on a site called "Pianists Corner" which allows us to trace our musical roots through our teachers.
If I look at the roots of my teachers it's astonishing to see the "greats" that are part of my family tree: Frederic Chopin, Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Carl Czerny, Arthur Schnabel, Vladimir Horowitz, Franz Liszt, Marguerite Long, Franz Josef Haydn, Myra Hess, Arthur Rubenstein... I can trace my family tree back to Jean Philippe Rameau, who was born 300 years before me and lived before the piano was invented! I look forward to my students carrying on this musical family tree far into the future!
THE CHALLENGE: click here to visit my page on Pianists Corner and explore my family tree. You'll be able to click on each teacher to learn more about their life and influence (and honestly, that's only part of the story - some of the best still only have short bios on this site... be sure to do further research, and listen to recordings, when available!). Write a short report on what you learned. Please also listen to recordings of music (if mentioning a composer) or performances (if mentioning a performer) and include this list in your report.
Option for students under age 7:
-Select a composer in our branches of the tree and listen to 3 pieces of music they wrote (write down the composer and pieces!)
-Select a teacher/performer in our branches of the tree and listen to 3 recordings (write down the performer and pieces)
-Create a visual project/drawing about our music family tree
DUE LESSON 8 (October 31 - November 3)
The Musicians Way: Downloads
An fantastic collection of practice templates, assessments, and plans to make sure you are making the most of your time!
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Elizabeth Borowsky is a pianist, teacher, and composer. She is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in Piano (Music Teachers National Association).