What a great group of kids! I couldn't be more thrilled with how dedicated and inspired these students have been. Last month, Relative Keys students participated in the September Practice Challenge. Out of the 30 days in September, students were challenged to practice at least 20 to earn a prize! It's safe to say that almost every single student was much more motivated to play!
This has been such a great way to kick off the first full month of school. It helps get students into the routine of daily practice. Of course, we don't want to just set a 20 minute timer and watch it run out. I wanted them to enjoy their time at the piano! Students could play through old pieces for fun, work on new repertoire, or sight-read new music with Piano Maestro. (Yes, even using an iPad counts as practice time!) Any time spent sitting at the piano is a good time!
I must mention two students in particular that went above and beyond! Charlie and Harper practiced all 30 days! What a huge accomplishment! See photos below.
Again, congratulations to all our hard working students that improved their skills and earned some prizes! Stay tuned for the next Practice Challenge in November!
As we wrap up the last few weeks of summer, I’d like to take a moment and fill you in on our Summer Piano Project!
This summer, Relative Keys students had the opportunity to create anything. Yes, anything! Art, Motives and Composition was a project I designed that merged the worlds of art and music. Students were instructed to create a piece of art. A sketch, landscape, cartoon. Anything! Then, students used their artwork to inspire them to create a short motive: a small melody that describes a recurring theme or character (think Darth Vader: Imperial March or JAWS). After students came up with their motive ideas, we worked as a team to transcribe the music on staff paper!
The most fun part of this project came after transcription! We used this as an opportunity to work on arranging a full song. Students played their motive while an App called Tin Pan Rhythm played the bass, drums and guitar parts so students could experiment hearing their motive with a backing track!
Often times we focus so much on note-reading and basic technique that we forget to be creative and use music as a way to express ourselves. That was the goal with Art, Motives and Composition! Before summer winds to a close, see if your child can play their motive or describe their artwork to you!