Miscellaneous Monday

Mondays and Tuesdays are our most hectic days, because the girls and I all have to be in different places around town at about the same time or on overlapping schedules. Tonight, S11 went to dance at Kathi’s (her Cecchetti studio) while O10 went to Spanish at the library. Fortunately, they are only 10 minutes away from each other, so I dropped S off early and waited at the library with O until she was done. Then O and I picked S up from dance in New Middletown and drove out to Canfield for Hamlet rehearsal. O did not go to guitar as she is recovering from a bit of the flu, and her teacher was having furnace trouble. We’ll resume guitar next week.

Earlier in the day, the girls practiced their lines for MacBeth together before their rehearsal at Homeschool Players on Friday.




Music and Swim 1-31-14

Today we had our regular piano lesson in Canfield. S9 ran through the piece she will perform later tonight at her YSU recital (Pyramid Power) on Neyla’s big piano. She also learned about the pentatonic scale and practiced counting beats out loud. Nelya asked us to order the Bastien “Major Key Signatures” for additional music theory.

After piano, O8 had her regular violin lesson with Miss Tina.

Next, O8 had a swim lesson with Ms. Barb. In addition to laps, she worked on diving.

O swim lesson

In the evening, S9 performed her piece at Bliss Hall. It was a rather imposing venue, but she played perfectly. She does not seem fazed a bit by the spotlight.   2014-01-31 20.26.50

Piano 9-26-14

Today S10 and I had our regular piano lesson in Canfield. We decided to switch to Fridays since that would give us Monday and Tuesday completely open. I would rather have Fridays open, but with gym on Friday evening anyway it makes more sense this way.

S10 is almost finished with her second set of books. She started using a supplemental book called Fingerpower to improve her dexterity and build strength. She is working on a new performance piece and also played a duet with Nelya called “The Old Castle”, which has a spooky feel to it. She likes playing duets. We also discussed the possibility of a piano-violin-cello trio at Federation next March.

I went next. I worked on two pieces from a new book called Accent on Classical. There are two selections that I am considering doing for Federation, if I am able to participate. (The National Federation of Music Clubs has an “adult” student category, open to non-professional adult students, but our local Club has never had any adult participants. Tina and Nelya are working to see if I am able to open the category.) Anyway, the two selections are “Barcarolle” and “Homage to Chopin”, both of which I love and would enjoy learning by memory. I am also polishing the fifth and sixth variations on “Nel cor piu non mi sento” (Beethoven). I can finally play the sixth through, but it is very rough and has a couple of tricky parts that memorization will definitely help iron out. I also started B-flat major scales & arpeggios.

In the evening, S10 went to gym. O8, who was up sick much of the night before, skipped this week and actually fell asleep in the van instead.

Violin 9-25-14

Today O8 had her violin lesson with Miss Tina. She worked on Happy Farmer in Suzuki Book 2 and also started Bourrée. Miss Tina decided to start this before Waltz as she thought it might be less frustrating for our little violinist.

Later in the day, S10 had soccer practice. She had to run an extra lap around the field because she had a hand ball during last Saturday’s game. Oops!


Music 6-3-14

Today we attended our regular music lessons in Canfield.

We went to piano first, as violin is now on “summer schedule” and is in the afternoons instead of mornings.  It was nice to get to sleep in a little bit.  😉

At piano, S10 worked on her pieces for the recital we are hosting Sunday.  She and I are going to play piano, along with A9.  O8 is going to play violin and T8, Nelya’s son, may also do a violin piece.  He has just started playing so she’s not yet sure if he is up to performing.  It will be here at our house with a barbecue afterwards.  The families and teachers are coming and will be a nice, casual affair.

S10, Nelya and I decided together that S10 should not perform “Let It Go” at the recital.  She really can’t even play it through yet, which is largely due to the fact that it’s a difficult song for her level and she hasn’t been playing it for very long.  She is disappointed, but agreed that it would be better to hold off and play it once she has polished it.  That said, it is coming along and she should be able to play it by the end of summer if she practices.

She will perform three pieces: “Race Car Rag”, “Ode To Joy”, and “Home on the Range”.

My turn was next.  I played the C# Major scales and arpeggios.  I will do the dominant 7th arpeggios for next lesson and begin D# minor scales.  I also played through the Beethoven Variations parts 1-5.  Var 1 & 2 (the technical pieces) need to be practiced at a very slow and even tempo to get the timing even.  I also need to work on Var 3 & 4.  Finally, I played my recital piece, the Mozart Fantasie in D minor.  I love this piece.  I have been working on it for six months (it’s hard to learn new pieces when you’re my age!).  It is finally memorized and I generally play it through without any major mistakes.  The alberti section still gives me timing trouble, but it is going to be okay for this small recital.

We stopped by Young Historians next and picked up the materials for the Greece unit that we missed.  The class was cancelled, but we were at Kalahari during the rescheduled time.  We’ll be at Space Camp during the other possible make up time.  Summer is supposed to be relaxing, but our calendar is jam-packed all of a sudden!  We will go over Greece together over the next few weeks.  I am excited to see what Ms. Laura plans for the next Young Historians club.

In the afternoon, we went to O8’s lesson.  She was having a hard time focusing, so I went outside with S10.  It sounded like she and Tina worked on the Maccabeus Chorus.  I think they plan to play it as a duet on Sunday.  She also brushed up on Etude and the Minuets.  Her recital pieces are “Chorus” and “Minuet 3”.

Later, we stopped at Papa’s farm.  The girls helped him move the sheep away from the road.  We also got a tour of his garden.  They noted that, while his strawberry patch was a lot bigger than ours, he didn’t have a single red berry yet.  😉