In this unit, you’ll learn your first song by the great composer Johann Sebastian Bach, and also a tune by early American composer Alexander Reinagle. Visit the land of the Samurai with Japanese folk song “Deta, Deta” and go on a paddling adventure with “Canoe Song.” New fingering skills will expand your melodic range beyond five-finger patterns, and you’ll also have a chance to review chords and rhythms, and do some improvising. The music theory and activity pages designed by Joseph Hoffman to accompany this unit will reinforce, expand, and deepen the learning in each video lesson.
The Listening Album is another important part of the learning process, and is something that Mr. Hoffman asks his students to listen to every day. This album features fun and beautiful settings of all the songs students will learn at Hoffman Academy. By listening to this album daily, students become thoroughly familiar with the music, enabling them to progress at a faster, more confident pace.
The Practice Album features accompaniment tracks to play along with as you practice. This is a great way to make practice fun and musically fulfilling. Having a track to play along with encourages students to keep a steady beat and to play with precision and expression. Another benefit of the Practice Album is that the tracks provide the opportunity for students to improvise, in other words, to make up melodies spontaneously. Using the Practice Album, students will get to explore the creative side of music making. Frequent practice with improvisation helps students to realize that music is a creative form of expression that they can engage in at any age and any level. Plus, it’s a lot of fun!
The Parent’s Guide will provide you with instructions for making piano practice time effective and successful. Excellent progress on the piano requires daily practice. Children usually need guidance from a parent to get the most out of their practice time. The Parent’s Guide will give you the information you need to become a successful Practice Partner and Coach to your child as they continue their journey in piano playing.
Unit 8 Contents:
- Listening & Practice Album Guides
- Lyrics Page
- Sheet music for Musette in D
- J. S Bach Note Speller
- 3–4 Finger Skip Activity page
- Sheet Music for Deta, Deta (F Major)
- Ties Activity Page
- Slurs Activity Page
- Improvisation with Deta, Deta
- 4–5 Finger Skip Activity Page
- Alexander Reinagle Note Speller
- Transposing “Allegro in C” Activity Page
- Rhythm Challenge Activity Page
- Dragon Night (E minor) Activity Page
- 1–2 Finger Skip (hands together) Activity Page
- When the Saints Go Marching In Sheet Music
- Crossword Puzzle
- Ledger Lines Activity Page
- Guide Notes Jellyfish Activity Page
- Syncopation Activity page
- Canoe Song Sheet Music
- Review Challenge Activity Page