Dear parents,

The children were much more comfortable in the class yesterday.  I will continue the same activities so that they can gain confidence. It is good to take this time in the beginning so that the children are eager for the new activities.

So, little by little we will add on to the activities we have started.  For example, the children now know how to sing the words to “Do a deer” and also to “Twinkle, twinkle Little Star”. Also we found the “Do” notes on the piano.  Next we will sing the solfeggi (Do, Re, Mi) and do corresponding solfeggi motions for Twinkle after singing the words and actions.  The solfeggi is very important for pitch training.  When the students can sing the solfeggi on the beginning pieces in Suzuki Book 1, they are developing readiness to play those pieces “by ear” as they have internalized the sound.

You may want to begin writing the solfeggi names of the notes in your score above the corresponding note on the staff. This would be for your reference as it is sometimes easier for adults to learn the solfeggi if it is written in the score. I can help at the lesson next week.

Here is a post about utilizing singing to learn the pieces:
Nurture: Natural Learning

Please do the practice in this order at home this week:
*Go to the piano and check the seat/footstool.  It is good if you redo it each day right now so that the children expect this to happen after the bow.
*Next, have your child make some sounds – high notes, low notes, and middle notes.
*Take away the footstool, readjust the bench, and practice your ready position. Hold without moving for 5 counts. Your child can help you count, and check to see if your thumb is on Do.
*Put sticker on assignment sheet

Class time:
*Singing: Do a deer, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, Mary Had a Little Lamb, and London Bridge
*Finger games:
Blow up the pretend bubble using your hands to represent the bubble, and then and pop it.
Do this a few times, and then letting the air out slowly line up the fingers so that the corresponding finger from each hand touches. Then, you can say this poem while tapping the corresponding finger:

I’m Mr. Thumb, they call me #1
I point at you, they call me #2
Im tall as a tree, they call me #3
Im next through the door, they call me #4.
Im alive and I jive, they call me #5

“Where is thumbkin” using finger numbers
*Rhythm: Clap Twinkle A rhythm
*Listening: When you hear Twinkle A on the recording you can say “It’s Twinkle A!”

Below are the videos from the group part of the class. I will begin uploading the children’s time at the piano next week.
We will continue to have parent lessons as well. I hope this blog is helpful to you. Please read the previous Twinkle Lessons blog as well.
Leah Brammer

Twinkle Class 9/102019 Part 1

Twinkle Class 9/10/2019 Part 2