Friday, September 30, 2011

Playing with Feeling Lab Assignment - Modern Examples

1. Watch the following performers and observe & write down the different ways they move their body to express the mood of the piece. (Arms, wrist, head, torso, elbows, etc.)
2. Write down 1 or 2 words to describe the mood of each piece.
3. Draw a picture or describe how you feel when you hear each piece or what images come to your mind.

"Bring Him Home" from Les Miserables

This "Dumb Song" by Jon Schmidt is definitely not for wimpy fingers. Keep up your Hanon practice if you want to play like this someday:0)

"Waterfall" by Jon Schmidt

Emily Bear 5 1/2 yrs old playing her own composition

"Pirates of the Caribbean" Jarrod Radnich

Monday, September 12, 2011

Great Online Music Game Resource - Tonic Tutor

Don't miss out on the opportunity this month to check out Tonic Tutor's September full free access. My students are loving the fun games on tonic tutor. For the month of September they are running a promotion where you can access all the features of the site for free. Some of the elements of this site that I really appreciate are:
  • The games are short... great for younger students with shorter attention spans who need a lot of variety during labtime.
  • The game rewards provide a lot of consistent positive reinforcement. Students earn "achievements" for things like time efficiency, 5 answers in a row correct, limiting listens, etc. Currently there is some friendly sibling rivalry going on at our house to get the most time in so they can win our Fall Fiesta Contest :) I never thought my kids would be fighting to play piano games! I appreciate that you can even customize the contests to motivate your students in different areas and give different students the chance to shine.
  • There is a short tutorial for each game so most students can figure out how to play them on their own.
  • Along with preset levels, teachers can change settings specific to their student's particular needs.
  • Students can access the site from home for extra practice in addition to games I assign them during studio labtime.
  • The games cover a variety of elements including auditory, visual, keyboard, notereading and rhythm skills.
  • The game difficulty ranges from early elementary skills to advanced skills.
Initially it took a while to set up all of my student's accounts and familiarize myself with all of the games to give appropriately leveled assignments, but I think the effort was well worth it.