It’s the day one of the new school year and everyone is excited for the first day of music class activities! All of the kids are thrilled to be in new classes with new or old friends. They come in, antsy to hear what’s in store for music this year…and then they just hear rules and procedures. Let’s keep that excitement going instead of bursting bubbles with lectures, shall we? Here are some tried and true ideas for first day of music activities!
Accidentals needn’t be difficult if they are approached in a simple and child friendly way. When introducing sharps and flats I always start by asking the child if they’d like to know the secret of the black notes and why they are so useful. This normally pricks their curiosity and gets them onside. It also […]
I had a realization recently. While the kids can play pieces on the piano, they cannot read music! So, the plan is to slowly but surely make sure they learn and build on those skills. I hope they learn at least two octaves of notes and their corresponding location on the piano/keyboard. I also want them to learn some of the basic music symbols and music notation. I gathered a...
Having played the piano for over 25 years, I have had some exposure to what we call music theory. As a piano teacher, I have had ample opportunity to describe to many new students exactly what music theory is and the basics of it. So what is basic music theory? The basics of music theory […]