Dear parents,
It was great to see that the children were so happy and excited to come to class.  In the beginning it is good to have a shorter class that is fun and easy so that the children become comfortable. Please continue to read the Twinkle Lessons category which was written for a previous Twinkle class as I will not duplicate that information here.  I will use this  2019-2020 Twinkle Class as additional information pertaining more specifically to this class.

At home this week you can practice this way:

Take a bow together:  It is better to use only a few words:

  • Say “Ready” while standing tall with feet together and hands down by your side.  It is better to not ask specifically for feet together at this point.  It is harder to balance so this will come gradually as they learn by observing and by doing.
  • Next Say “Eyes” and look directly at your child.  Then”Toes” and look down.  It is fine to stay a little longer on the down right now so that they learn to stop at the bottom of the bow.  This also helps with balance.
  • Then say “Eyes” again as you stand back up.

After the bow, you can ask your child to help you figure out how to adjust the bench and footstool. It’s good to encourage your child to feel if the seat is high or low – you can exaggerate this to help them feel it, but don’t expect them to “know” at this point. Next, adjust the footstools so that the knees are basically in straight alignment with the hip when they are sitting on the bench.  This is the best position for young beginners as it also helps with balance. Last, check the distance of the bench from the piano.  The elbow should be slightly in front of the body. You can experiment with this. It is better at this point to be too close than too far so that your child can have their forearms up over the keys.

You can ask your child if they want to make some “sounds” on the piano. At this point this is better than “make-up song” or “music” as that might be too intimidating.  This time of making sounds is very important.  A lot is being learned including high and low sounds, loud and soft.  Notice when they are making a nice tone/sound.  We will discuss this more next week.

After making sounds, take another bow.  Just a bow is fine too.  Next have your child mark the assignment sheet with crayon or pencil or sticker, whatever you like. Please bring the assignment to class in the notebook.  I will look at the assignment at the beginning of class and put a sticker on the notebook.

Please also make time for the group activities before or after the lesson time:  Singing Twinkle, Do a Deer, and Thumbkin, and clapping Twinkle A rhythm.

At the next class I will start with the group, then do the individual lessons, and then finish with more group time.  This way we will all end together with a bow.  For the individual lessons I will ask the parents to come up for a short lesson before the child’s lesson.  The order of the lesson will be: Bow, adjust bench, make sounds, Bow.

It is fine if only the parent comes up for a lesson for this next week, and for any number of weeks it takes for the motivation to come up and bow, and next to go to the piano becomes strong enough to overcome insecure feelings.  This is the most important point – develop the motivation through the environment at home and in the lesson without any pressure so that the child’s inner desire is ignited.

Looking forward to a great year!
Leah Brammer