March Announcements

March Announcements

Dear parents, please take a moment to read these important announcements. Having so many students can make it difficult to get info out to every parent just through conversations, so these monthly announcements ensure I’ve reached everyone. Thank you!

  1. Facebook Live – March 18th and April 15th, 1pm

    If your child is interested in performing, please speak with me as soon as possible. Also, if your child is not performing, please join us online at www.facebook.com/thebyearmusician to watch the live performances!

  2. Request for Testimonials

    Testimonies from our students help us grow. If you have a few minutes, any positive feedback that you could provide would be very much appreciated! They can be in written or video format. The testimonials will go up on the blog, the TBEM facebook page and website, and on a music teacher directory I have a profile on (MakingMusicFun.net). Students can also provide feedback if they would like to!

  3. Printable Resources available, $1 each

For students needing resources printed from the blog, I am now able to print out the free printables and give them out at their lesson for a fee of $1 per resource item (covers time, paper, ink). For large documents such as the Classical Guitar Method Book, $1 will cover five pages.

  1. Concert Events Added

    The events page on the blog now has some new events, all of which are free. They include a piano recital, steel drum band, and wind symphony. TBEM will be attending the piano recital, given by concert pianist Michael Lewin, on Monday, March 20th at 7:30pm. Please let me know if you and your family are interested in joining us!

  2. Public School Spring Break

    Please note that TBEM will NOT be closed for the week of Spring Break (March 20-24).

  1. Africa Ensemble Information

    To be a part of the Africa Ensemble for the June recitals, you MUST be available for the following dates for rehearsals and performances:

    REHEARSAL: Saturday, June 3rd – any time between 2pm and 8pm

    REHEARSAL: Friday, June 9th – any time between 6pm and 8pm

    PERFORMANCE: Saturday, June 10th – 4pm

    PERFORMANCE: Sunday, June 11th – 4pm

    These two main rehearsals will focus mainly on the entire ensemble rehearsing together. You may not be needed for the entire time, but we won’t really know what the schedule will be like until we’re closer to those dates and have an idea of how everyone is doing.It’s also important that you are prepared to come to possible secondary rehearsals just for your section (just singers, or just percussion, etc). They may not be necessary but we won’t really know until we’re closer to June. They would occur sometime after June 3rd and before the 9th.

New Achievement Available! ‘Method Book Song.’

Unlike the other achievements, this one can be earned as many times as you like! Here’s how to do it:

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1. Pick a song out of your method book (Alfred Book, All for Strings, or Classical Guitar Method) that we have NEVER played in class.

2. Teach yourself to play the song, making sure you’re playing the correct notes and rhythms!

3. Play the song for your teacher in class. To earn a star, you must be playing with correct notes, rhythms,   and dynamics.

If you play a piece in class but have too many wrong notes and rhythms, you won’t be able to earn a star that day, but you will be able to try again the following week. Your teacher will not be able to give you any hints about what to do differently. The goal of this achievement is to be your own teacher!

Good luck!

 

Intro to Music Theory 2: The C Major Scale and how to find any other Major scale.

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One Octave of the C major scale

In lesson one, we learned about the Chromatic Scale, Half Steps,and Whole steps. Now, it’s time to learn about the C Major Scale and how to find any other Major Scale. It’s important to remember the definition of a scale:

A specific series or pattern of notes, played in ascending (going up) or descending (going down) order.C scale chart for guitar

Take a look at the charts here for what the C scale looks like on the piano and guitar. Then, watch this video to hear and see what the scale sounds like on the piano. *NOTE*: although the notes are played differently on the guitar, they are the exact same pitches.

How does the major scale work? It uses a specific pattern of whole and half steps.

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Two whole steps, one half step, three whole steps, and one more half step.

Using this formula, you can find ANY major scale on your instrument!

Watch the next few minutes of this video:

Now it’s your turn! Download the PDF and fill in the whole steps and half steps to complete the scales or fill out the form below. Major Scales Worksheet

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A worksheet to fill out the names of the notes for five major scales

February Announcements

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February Announcements

Greetings Parents and Students! Please read all of this important information.

1) Africa Ensemble

Here is some more information about the rehearsals and performances regarding the upcoming group ensemble (see the January announcements for more information). If your child is interested and can definitely be involved, please fill out the form below and submit it. If you are interested but unsure if your child can be involved, please be sure to contact me and let me know.

Africa Ensemble Information

To be a part of the Africa Ensemble for the June recitals, you MUST be available for the following dates for rehearsals and performances:

REHEARSAL: Saturday, June 3rd – any time between 2pm and 8pm

REHEARSAL: Friday, June 9th – any time between 6pm and 8pm

PERFORMANCE: Saturday, June 10th – 4pm

PERFORMANCE: Sunday, June 11th – 4pm

These two main rehearsals will focus mainly on the entire ensemble rehearsing together. You may not be needed for the entire time, but we won’t really know what the schedule will be like until we’re closer to those dates and have an idea of how everyone is doing.

It’s also important that you are prepared to come to possible secondary rehearsals just for your section (just singers, or just percussion, etc). They may not be necessary but we won’t really know until we’re closer to June. They would occur sometime after June 3rd and before the 9th.

2) Following the Blog

In the top right section of this page, you will see an option to follow this blog. In following the blog, you will be automatically informed any time there is a new post.

3) Auto Billing

If your child takes home lessons, you may sign up for auto billing instead of paying by check. To set up auto billing for your account, please call or stop by the studio.

4) Online Student Assignments

MusicMadness247 now has a page for online versions of student’s assignments. Students can reach them by going to the blog and clicking on “Assignments” in the menu. From there they can click on their name and find everything they worked on in class. If you or your child is interested in this, please let me know and we’ll set it up in class.

5) Facebook Live Performances

The first Facebook Live performance will be on Saturday, February 18th at 1pm. If your child is interested in performing, please contact me ASAP. If your child is not involved please watch us live on the By Ear Musician Facebook page!

6) Group Class Update

We need three more students to start a class for 6-9 year olds. The class will be taking place on Wednesdays from 4-5pm. Please see the Post on group classes for more information here.

Have a great month!

Danielle

Africa Ensemble Form

The Adventures of Ace, Musical Detective.

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Ace, Musical Detective

Use your knowledge of the notes to crack the code of this musical story!

How it works: Fill in the names of the notes in each box below to spell out the word.Let’s take a look at the section of music labeled “1.” We have three notes, and you need to write down the names of each of these notes and then put them together. Separately they are A, C, and E, but together they spell Ace, which is the name of the detective in this story.

  1. Refer to the chart of lines and spaces for Treble and Bass clef here  to download if you need assistance.

    lines-and-spaces-posterTo use the chart, first identify which clef is in the section you are looking at. Treble clef is squiggly shape on the top, and Bass clef is the curve with two dots on the bottom. These determine which lines and spaces you should look at. Section 1 is Treble clef and the notes are all on spaces, so we need to look at the spaces with the red letters. Notice that from bottom to top, they spell FACE! That’s how we remember those spaces in the Treble Clef. Now, looking back at section 1, notice that the first note is on the second space from the bottom. Come over to this chart and find what note is on the second space. The note you should find is A. The second note is on  the third space, which is is C, and the third note is on the fourth space, which is E.                                                                                        A, C, and E put together spell Ace, which is the name of our musical detective.

    Notice that the other lines and spaces use whole sentences to help you remember their notes. For example, if you have a note that is on the first line of the Bass clef, you’ll find the word “Growling.” That means the note is “G.”

  1.  Click here for a larger version of the story.

  2. For a printable version click here.

Make sure that you use ONLY lowercase letters in the form below.

Good luck! If you need more help understanding how to break the code, don’t hesitate to contact me!

Group Classes Information

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Starting in February, TBEM will be offering four group classes.

For a class to start, we need a minimum of 5 committed students for that class.

Each class will be taught for 1 hour per week at the studio for approximately a  five month (February-June), and the tuition will be approximately $170 for those five months (about $8.50 a class) for current students taking private lessons and $240 for students not additionally taking private lessons (about $12 a class). The actual tuition amount will vary depending on the start date of the class. The groups will be performing in the June 2017 recitals. The class times currently available will be on Wednesday afternoons and evenings.

*UPDATE* Currently filling a class for 6-9yr olds on Wednesday at 4pm.

Other class days and times may open up depending on interest of students and the availability of the teachers.

Each class will be mixed-instrument. That means we could have a group with two guitars, a piano, and two singers. Or, we could have a drummer, three guitarists, and a violinist. Songs will be arranged to fit that particular ensemble.

No experience is required.

Contact Danielle or Claire for more information.