Archive Monthly Archives: May 2011

“Building” a major triad.

Music has lots of patterns.  Patterns are an idea that repeats itself again and again.  Learning to recognize and recreate patterns on the piano is going to help you create music in a beautiful, fun way.  One of the first patterns we see when we look at the piano are the black and white keys.  […]

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Purchasing legos as a teaching manipulative

Welcome to a mini-course about building and working with chords on the piano.  I am excited to share some ideas with you that I have used with my students for about three years, and which has gone over well with them.  My secret?  Using lego blocks to visualize the building process!  Over the next couple […]

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Music Notation assignment number six

Jesu, der du meine SeeleClick here for pdf New skills for this assignment include: layering, staff spacer, accidental review Setup:  select key signature with 4 flats, 12 measures.  I chose “piano” for instrumentation. Step 1: Enter in top notes individually in treble clef. Step 2: Click on the layer 2 button (numeral 2 in pictured […]

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Music Notation assignment number five

Row, Row, Row Your Boat Click here for pdf New skills for this assignment include: Copying and pasting, moving text down or up an octave, and hiding empty staves. Tip:  While copying and pasting measures, it may be helpful to zoom out by selecting 75% or 50% next to the magnifying glass. Step 1.  Create […]

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Thank you, Crystelle

I want to thank Crystelle Francom for the excellent work she did in creating the art-work for this page. She did it to earn some money for her mission, and I am very pleased with the results. Originally, she was just drawing children, but they ended up looking very much like my own, and so […]

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Music Notation assignment number four

Oh, SusannahClick here for PDF New skills for this assignment include:Slurs, note extensions, chords, pick-up measures, first and second endings, and page layout. Open a new file.  The song name is “Oh, Susannah”, and the composer is Stephen Foster.  Create a new file from scratch.  The time signature for this piece is 2/2.  Click on […]

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