Online Piano Summer Workshop Week, July 2021

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Hi there, I hope you are well and enjoying your Summer! The past week has been unusually busy because we just wrapped up our first Online Piano Summer Workshop Week. Whew. It’s always a lot of work and even more rewards. 

Our July and August workshops are similar to our Winter and Spring workshops during the year. In our Summer week-long workshops, we dive deeper into popular topics my students want to learn more about. 

Last week, we met via Zoom, and students received an email Zoom link for each class. Students also get recordings of each class, so they can go back and rewatch at their convenience. We wrapped up the week with an informal Zoom Studio Social and enjoyed chatting about Summer plans over coffee and tea together. 

During our Studio Zoom Social, many students took the opportunity to practice playing for our annual AAMTA (Anne Arundel Music Teachers Association) Online Water Music Festival. The festival was on Saturday, July 17th, and everyone rocked it! (Maybe I can share more about this on another blog!) 😍

Here’s our virtual piano workshop topics last week:

  • Summertime Fun: Play Popular Tunes By Ear with Harmonization 
    • Students chose a favorite tune at their level and learned strategies for playing by ear, including picking out melody (the tune) and chords (the harmony). 
    • We dive deeper into music theory, studying primary and secondary chords. We learned how to harmonize our tune (or add the right chords/harmony with our melody). 
    • Example Student Tunes: “Cecilia” by Simon & Garfunkel; “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King, “Puff the Magic Dragon” by Peter, Paul & Mary, and “Folsom Prison Blues” by Johnny Cash. 
  • Theory in Your Back Pocket: Create A Blueprint for Your Favorite Tune
    • Theory helps us to understand how music is put together, in other words, the “building blocks” of music. We learned alongside our (highly recommended) text, The Fundamentals of Piano Theory, Book 1 by Snell & Ashleigh. 
    • We covered topics including, but not limited to Key and Time Signatures, Rhythm, the Circle of 5ths, Scales, Intervals, Chords and Musical Form. 
    • We practically applied all concepts to student pieces, creating a musical blueprint for each student. 

We will be tackling these two topics again in our August workshops! If you’re interested in learning more,  enjoy online piano summer workshop, or have questions, let me know! I hope you’ll reach out soon. 😊