• 2/18/20 Week-7 3rd Quarter
     
    All students are reminded to check "School wires" and/or the class board each day to see the pages being covered that day/week.  All students at any level should REMEMBER there are many DIFFERENT LEVELS being taught at the same time during each class period.  Students should begin working EACH DAY with or without instructions for their level.  Students will need their own EARBUDS EVERY DAY! 
     
    Material students WILL COVER this week:
     
    All students will be assigned a recital piece to work on for their Spring Recital in April 2020.  Recital dates 4/27/20 & 4/29/20 have been listed on my Syllabus since August 2019.  Students should show progress with correct notes, fingerings, rhythms, pedaling, dynamics, expressive motive & phrase direction and a steady tempo with no pauses.
     
    Students should warm-up each day with Hanon Exercises to continue working on their technique.  Major/minor Scales covered are Hanon pages 62-73.  Major/minor Arpeggios covered are Hanon pages 77-80.  Chromatic Scales are Hanon pages 74-76.  These are the most important technical exercises!
     
    Students WILL take an assessment for a grade this week.

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  • SYLLABUS

     

    Each day students will face the UNIQUE challange of being in one piano classroom with many different levels of piano being taught simultaneously. 

    Students MUST BRING EAR BUDS EACH DAY!  

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    Students are ADVISED to check "Schoolwires" or the class board each day upon entering the classroom.  Students should begin immediately on their assigned pages even without instructions for that particular level of piano.  There are 7 piano levels total at Davidson and possibly ALL 7 LEVELS in one 25 minute piano class.  Starting each day right away with or without instruction is a GREAT IDEA - DO IT!  

    GRADING PROCEDURES: Testing on Fridays = 60%, Assessments on Fridays = 30%, Professional Responsibilities everyday = 10%

    All piano students are reminded that test will be on Fridays weeks 3, 6 & 9.  Tests will carry a weight of 60%.  All piano students will take an "assessment" quiz on Fridays at the end of weeks 2, 5 & 8. All assessments will carry a weight of 30%.  Students will be graded 10% of their grade on their professional responsibilities performance/practice habits in the classroom each day. All parents are reminded there is NO HOMEWORK in piano due to some students having no piano at their home. Parents & students are reminded that student effort/attitude in class is the best way to achieve high test scores. Any person reading this is reminded my number one goal is to TEACH piano students how to play the piano! Students may purchase music or a piano. Purchasing music & a piano is NOT required. All students must participate in the spring 2020 piano recital which is 4/27/20 & 4/29/20. Tutoring help is as needed immediately after school.