Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Let's Play Music Recital 2009!

It's been such a fun year! The recital is always fun and exciting. The children love showing their families all that they've learned and are so proud. I'm proud of them too! They've learned and absorbed so much. And though it takes a lot of dedication throughout the year, it's all fun and games!
The second year students demonstrated how they've applied what they learned in to first year of Let's Play Music to the piano in the second year! The students began their recital by beautifully singing their song that taught them the music alphabet. They continued by demonstrating their piano skills and concepts of chords and a downbeat! They accompanied themselves with the primary chords played marching style with, "Oh, When the Saints!"This year they added to their repertoire of rhythms, the dotted-quarter eighth-note rhythm! They love playing the song that taught them this called, "I'm an Indian!" The recital continued with a piece of music that teaches the basic fact that if the students practice everyday, they'll learn many songs! This is a difficult piece that combines all the skills they've learned. The students also got to demonstrate their skill of singing more complex harmony and concluded the recital with an expressive interpretation of Johannes Brahams’ Hungarian Dance No. 5! Such smarties, these kids :) They are just so fun to watch! At next year's recital these children will be performing their own composed pieces!

...Just as these children did! They combined all that they've learned in the past 3 years and were able to compose very beautifully written pieces. They included some or all of the following elements: ABA form, major and minor tonalities, staccato and legato articulations, an introduction and coda, and various styles of playing the primary chords.
The little smarties holding their trophies and compositions

Brittney titled her piece Carriage to Happiness. Addi's piece is The Chinese Circus. Emmy's is A Walk to the Candy Shop. And Braden's is Light of the World. They introduced their compositions and performed them memorized!

They truly are ready to soar to great heights in music education. I am sad to let them go as I've been with them for 2-3 years, but their piano new teachers will be so impressed!

See you next year!
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