Tuesday, September 30, 2014

RC Piano Rubrics

RC, this week we are continuing to work on repertoire in preparation for your upcoming performance. The rubrics that you will use to evaluate your performance (created based on our class discussions last week) can be found here. Please familiarize yourself with them. Note that the rubrics do vary a bit from section to section, so be sure that you are looking at the correct one. We will practice evaluation in class this week and next.

Monday, September 22, 2014

CC Theory Homework 9/22-9/27

Chamber Choir, write the below scales and turn in a hard copy or e-mail me a digital copy (notes on a staff, please, not just the letter names) by Friday. If you need staff paper, you can print it here. You may use whatever clef you choose.

1. Using accidentals, write a B-flat major scale.
2. Using accidentals, write the parallel natural minor to B-flat major.
3. Using a key signature, write an F# major scale.
4. Using a key signature, write the relative harmonic minor to F# major.
5. Using a key signature, write the parallel melodic minor to F# major.

RC Piano Practice Suggestions

Welcome back! RC, in preparation for your progress checks next week and upcoming performance, please look over the practice suggestions below. Some of this we covered in class, and some are other tips and tricks for successful practice. Don't forget that the piano lab is open before and after school for those who would like some extra practice time.

Scales and Cadences:
-it is usually a good idea to START with scales and cadences to get your fingers warmed up
-accuracy of notes and fingering and a steady tempo are more important than speed
-check to be sure that your fingers are curved and you are not holding over multiple notes

"Work Practice"--when you are first learning a piece
-one hand at a time
-work in small sections
-put the hands together in small sections
-COUNT and keep a steady tempo
-focus on notes and rhythm first, then add dynamics, articulation, pedal, etc.
-isolate difficult parts
-layer melody and accompaniment

"Performance Practice"--when you are polishing a piece
-focus on expression and musicality
-sing the melodic line first, and then play it
-be sure that the melody is at the forefront dynamically

One of the best ways to practice (especially when you are nearing a performance) is to run the whole piece without stopping, paying close attention to specific things that need improvement. Then, go back and work on just the parts that you want to improve. Finally, run the piece another time or two to make sure that you have achieved your goal.

Happy practicing!!!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

CC Theory Minor Scales Quiz

Chamber: below are the steps for writing scales to study for your quiz over parallel vs. relative minors. Don't forget to return the quiz to me by Friday.

  • Step 1: Determine your starting pitch. Parallel = same note as major
  • Step 2: Write major scale (using accidentals).
  • Step 3: Alter the parallel major scale to match the minor form that you need.
  • Step 4: Substitute the key signature for accidentals if needed.
  • Step 1: Determine your starting pitch. Relative = 6th note of major.
  • Step 2: Determine the number of sharps or flats (same key signature as major).
  • Step 3: Write a natural minor scale (using either a key signature or accidentals).
  • Step 4: Alter the natural minor scale to match the minor form that you need.

Reminders: When using a key signature for a minor scale, you will still use accidentals for the raised 6th and 7ths in harmonic and melodic forms. Be sure that you differentiate between ascending and descending melodic scales with either natural/flat signs or a bar line.

Suggestions for more practice:
1. Write out the parallel natural minor scale to Ab major.
2. Write out the relative harmonic minor scale to A major.
3. Write out the parallel melodic minor scale to B major.
4. Write out the relative melodic minor scale to Eb major.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Piano Rep

RC 3 & 4: we will be choosing repertoire in piano class this week. If you have not yet played a piece for me, please come prepared to do so today and tomorrow.