Sunday, September 23, 2012

Music Studies Series Part 2

Hi everyone! I thought I would share another video set I filmed a few weeks back of me practicing and giving practicing tips. I hope its helpful and is informative as well as fun to watch. :) Some of my explaining might not be so great, but that's why I am doing these videos to get better at teaching about piano and music theory in general. Its also been fun and helped me a lot to think through what I am doing to practice for my exams through the TAP program and if its effective and productive. Enjoy!

Part 1

Part 2 below- 

I hope your Sunday is blessed and restful and focused on Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. He is the reason I am doing this program and have the motivation to learn from home and with believing teachers.

In Christ,


Ana Smith said...

Memorizing in sections helps a lot! My favorite teacher would have me learn a section and then memorize it right away with some pieces. She was also great about talking about the chord structure and visual keyboard patterns. These didn't replace learning the written music, I had to know that very well. But, looking at it from the other angles helped tremendously! Also, in memorizing Bach I always memorized in very small chunks (especially once I got to the 3 part inventions). I've heard some people memorize hands separately as well. That way if you stumble on a part at least one hand can keep going. I've done that for some sections of pieces. I've done this only a little, but something else I've heard is studying the score away from the instrument. i.e. trying to visualize and hear the written music in every detail without the score or instrument actually in front of you. said...

I like when people memorize pieces. I know a lot of people who say they can't play without actually looking at the musical notes. I think that's pretty sad. I would think when you practice enough you do learn it. I am glad you do so.

Come teach my boys the music theory instead of me, since I have forgotten MOST of what I learned for reading music. I remember the beats up to a 16th note (but that's because I used to play percussion instruments individually) and I remember some of the scale from when I played violin, recorder, and piano (stopped doing each of those are different ages up through age 15). but if you tried to quiz me from the c to e note on a scale while reading music. . .I will have a hard time trying to remember them. EEEEEEK! I am music theory dumb. Time to get out my adult music theory book and learn WITH my boys too with their child theory book. >.<

Rebecca Ann said...

Ana yes I find memorizing in sections to be oh so helpful! I am not sure how else I would memorize these peices.

Victoria thank you for the nice compliments. I am by no means doing this out of my own strength. I still can't believe I can call myself a music student. ;)
I bet you will learn so much and your boys will too as you learn music theory together. My mom learned along my sister and I when she homeschooled us too. So no worries! God is big and uses even us. WOW! :)

So good to hear from you ladies!