Monday, August 13, 2012

Piano Lesson #6 ~ Review ~

It is review time!  You might be thinking but there's two more lessons after today, but for the teacher....not so much.  We are always, planning ahead and for down the road and next year and such.

You need to go and review all of the basic terminology.  The most important things to know are the treble clef, bass clef, note reading and counting.  

Have you ever had a test before?  Well, it's just a list of questions and you want to answer them correctly.  Nothing will happen if you get the wrong answer except that it tells me that we may need to work more in that area.  It might also give me an indication of what level you can advance to after your 8th lesson.

Because after your 8th lesson you get real books!!!!

Yeah.  Pretty exciting stuff.

Next I want you to pick 2 of your very favourite and best played songs that I've taught you and you can play hands together.  For some reason most students pick Hot Cross Buns and Mary Had a Little Lamb.  *shrugs*

You are going to play those 2 favourite songs for your 8th Lesson Graduation.


Well, no worries.  It's really just a mini concert with maybe 4 people in the room.  But you will get a certificate for doing it!!!!

Okay.  Enough of that stuff.


Years ago this song was in the Milk commercial.  If you are Canadian you might remember the jingle  ♫...Drink milk love life...drink milk love life..♫  But most kids look at me like I have a lobster on my head when I mention that now.  The song is titled "Ode to Joy" and is Beethoven. Not THAT Beethoven.

The real Beethoven
But Ludwig van Beethoven.  Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers.  He was born in 1770 and died in 1827.  So, yeah.....he's long dead.  But YOU get to learn one of his songs.

1)  Review everything
2)  Choose and practice 2 favourite songs
3)  Practice Ode to Joy HT 

** ACK!  I forgot to explain eighth notes.  But you guys tend to be smarter than the average bear so I'm sure you'll figure them out.  Most of the time the 8 year olds do.** 

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