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Perfect Practice makes Perfect
“My job is to awaken possiblitiy in other people.”
Can’t wait to try out this new toy at group lessons!
Candy is common at Valentine’s Day so this year make candy count for your students. Buy Twix for quarter notes, Snickers for 8th notes and Butterfingers for 16th notes. Allergies? Substitute with York, Twizzlers and Laffy Taffy…
Start a metronome (or fun keyboard style) at a slow tempo and encourage students to pick a piano key or rhythm instrument and play quarter notes saying “Twix” for each beat.
Once this is easy, guide them to keep the same tempo but say and play “Snickers” cutting the beat in two. Then lead them into “Butterfinger”, the 4 syllables equivalent to four 16th notes.
Set out a “candy train” of 4/4 time on the piano rack and ask pianists to play and “rap” the candy wrappers keeping the steady beat.
Once this is mastered, introduce counting with “1 & 2 &’s” and then “1 e & a’s”.
Next ask them to perform their rhythm “candy rap” at the piano using key(s) of their choice, chanting candy names first and then counting aloud.
Of course, make sure to reward your counters with some candy!
“Music is Medicine for the Mind” – Logan
It has been my pleasure to teach many, wonderful adults, some for over 10 years! Click here to read more about the KEYS to teaching adults.
Whether sitting on the bench, opening the bench or exiting the bench, life centers around the piano bench. Each day a new combination of the 88 keys brings life to the score and music to the ears.