Music 3-18-2014

Today we attended our regular music lessons in Canfield.

O8 went to her violin lesson first. We got to see her actual theory exam (she was one just a few of Tina’s students to get an actual 100%!) and also the two judges’ comments on her solo performance. They both complimented her sound quality and intonation. Then she started Gavotte, which is the last piece in Book 1.

Starting Gavotte

Next, we went to Nelya’s for piano. S9 went first, and we got to see her theory exam and solo comments, too. She made a small error on the theory test, but still qualified for a Superior rating. The judges liked her “showmanship and stage presence” in the solo. Big surprise there. 😉  She also earned a Unanimous Superior for her solo!


Nelya asked if Sam wanted to play in the next Butler recital, which is coming up in April. She said she did, and they decided to work on a new piece, “Variations”, for her to play. She is completely finished with the Red (Level 1) series and started in earnest on the Blue (Level 2) books today.

I went next. We finished the E Major scales, arpeggios and dominant sevenths; now we are on to C# minor. Yikes. There are 4 sharps in this key. I’ve never played in C# minor before. It’s going to be challenging.

For today, I prepared Variation 2 the Beethoven piece I have been working on : Six Variations on the Duet “Nel cor più non mi sento” from La Molinara by Paisiello.  (a.k.a. “Variations”.)   I also worked on the Mozart Fantasy in D minor.   For next week: slow metronome work on the Fantasy, work on the C# minor and harmonic scales, and some compressions and rhythm exercises in Variation 1 of the Beethoven piece.

I also ordered O8’s Suzuki Book 2 so we could start listening to the CD, the piano accompaniment book to go with it, and a copy of the Dover version of Mozart’s Sonatas and Fantasies  (as I wanted an urtext version for the D minor piece).

We sound like music geeks.  Cool.



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