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2/19 Keyboard Group Class I (Basics of the Keyboard)

Yiyuan 5
Vladislav 5
Caleb 5
Samuel 5
Leo 6
Richard 7

INTRO: Names, experience with piano, age (5 min)


Students fill “All About Me” Papers

How to sit/ play with curved fingers (5 min)


R/L and Fingers Numbers (Trace on J.Morin Worksheet)
​ ttp://colorinmypiano.com/wp-content/files/WS_HndsFngrsAtThePiano.pdf
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Group of ⅔ Black Keys (10 min)


Give out bears for students to place Low/High
Up, Down, staying the same.
Show Victor Borge on Sesame Street Clip (2 min)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkE38Y7m1tM
Ear Training: CArnival of the Animals (Hens, Elephant, Aquarium, Cangaroo). How
would these animals move?

Note names (5 min)


(give handout for reinforcement at home)

Rhythms (10 min)


http://colorinmypiano.com/wp-content/files/Worksheet_Gallery_of_Music_symbol_drawing_work
sheets.pdf
Plum, Plum, App-le, Plum pattern

Give out handout: Today I learned how to sit at the piano and name my fingers. I learned about
keyboard geography and how notes can go up,down or stay the same. I learned that the low
notes live on the left side of the keyboard, while the high notes live on the right side. I learned
that each sound has a name. Under the group of 2 black keys, there lives C,D and E. Under the
group of 3 black keys, there lives F,G,A and B. I also learned about the duration of notes. We
can have short notes or long notes. I am looking forward to tomorrow, when I’ll learn about
pentascales, improvisation and jazz.
2/20 Group Piano Class 2: Pentascales and Improvisation

Intro Activity (Listening to review Day 1 concepts) (5min)


http://colorinmypiano.com/wp-content/files/Music_Listening_Sheet_for_Young_Students.pdf

Remembering Note Names (5 min)

Pentascales (10 min)


Little kids use finger number 2 or 3
Older kids use finger numbers
C, F, G
D, A needs one black note. Can you find it?
E needs 2 black notes. Can you find them?

Improvisation (5 min)
Create a song on the spot, but with some rules.
Analogy of: making dinner from scratch, but you have to use tomatoes and beans somehow.
To improvise we need a melody, a rhythm and some rules that make it all sound good.

Play pentascales on PLUM PLUM APPLE PLUM (5 min)

2min improvisation demonstration for non musicians: (5 min)


PLUM PLUM APPLE PLUM on Db Major
Student A plays the same note on the pattern plum plum apple plum.
Student B goes up playing the same pattern
Student C goes down
Student D chooses two notes out of 5
Student E uses 3 fingers
Student I plays the same note

Carnival of the animals ​https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poz9nZCFmb0​ (3min)


Gershwin ​https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWJ-kGuOA_Q&t=330s​ (13min)

Summary: Today, I learned about pentascales and improvisation.


2/21 Piano Group Class 3: Continuation of Day 1 and 2

Intro: watch a video or ear training examples

I got the Blues Composition for the 6 or 7 year old (10 min)
http://www.pianimation.com/2011/01/17/the-winter-blues/

Improv one by one (10 min)


https://www.teachpianotoday.com/2016/02/09/create-a-love-for-improvisation-with-this-valentine
s-day-activity/

Play Old McDonald swinging (5 min)

Jazz clip (5min)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9Fmwgf0NRA​ Old Mcdonald had a farm- E. Fitzgerald