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Winter Formal Recital 2021

Monday, March 8, 2021 by Becky Brouwer | Uncategorized

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2020-2021 Music Studio Challenges

Wednesday, September 2, 2020 by Becky Brouwer | Uncategorized

Studio Challenges 2020-2021

Choose a challenge to work towards. Try to spread it around and do a few different challenges throughout the year. Earn Challenge Points towards prizes and recognition in the studio! Accumulate challenge points for your Hiker, Climber and Mountaineer award.


Hiker - 15 points

Climber - 30 points

Mountaineer - 50 points


Each point also enters a ticket into the “Lucky Dip” drawing at the Final concert in May for a $50 Amazon Gift Card.


These are the Studio Challenges for this year:


Technique

Practice Champions  - You level up with every 20 days practiced. Every Level earns 1 challenge point. Earn an extra challenge point for every 30 consecutive days practiced.

Scale Ninjas - Every Level up earns 5 challenge points. All scales must be played with dynamics, accuracy, fingering, tempo, rhythm and tone (Check requirements on Betterpracticeapp)

Career Chordsters - Every Level up earns 5 challenge points. All chord patterns must be played with dynamics, accuracy, fingering, tempo, rhythm and tone (Check requirements on Betterpracticeapp)


Theory

Tenuto Trainers - Choose a challenge with appropriate parameters and earn points towards challenge points. Earn 1 challenge point for every 3 challenges. Testing on Tenuto. Record challenge numbers in box

Challenge 1: Scale Identification (3 min 20 questions, 90% correct)

Challenge 2: Chord Identification (3 min 20 questions, 90% correct)

Challenge 3: Note Construction (3 min 40 questions, 90% correct)

Challenge 4: Key Signature Construction (3 min 50 questions, 90% correct)

Challenge 5: Interval Construction (3 min 40 questions, 90% correct)

Challenge 6: Scale Construction  (3 min 40 questions, 90% correct)

Challenge 7: Chord Construction  (3 min 40 questions, 90% correct)

Challenge 8: Keyboard Note Identification  (3 min 60 questions, 90% correct)

Challenge 9: Keyboard Reverse Identification  (3 min 40 questions, 90% correct)

Challenge 10: Keyboard Interval Identification  (3 min 40 questions, 90% correct)

Challenge 11: Keyboard Scale Identification  (3 min 40 questions, 90% correct)

Challenge 12: Keyboard Chord Identification  (3 min 40 questions, 90% correct)

Interval Investigators - Every Level Up earns 1 challenge point. Testing on Interval Identification on Tenuto.

Level 1 - 2, 3, 4, 5 harmonic and melodic (1 min 20 questions, 90% correct)

Level 2 - 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, Oct (2 min 40 questions, 90% correct)

Level 3 - M3, m3 (3 min 45 questions, 90% correct)

Level 4 - M3, m3, P4, P5 and P8 (3 min 30 questions, 90% correct)

Level 5 - M2, m2, M3, m3, M6, m6, M7, m7 (3 min 30 questions, 90% correct)

Level 6 - All qualities and Intervals (3 min 30 questions, 90% correct)

Level 7 - All qualities and Intervals (5 min 50 questions, 90% correct)

Key Signature Killers - Every Level Up earns 1 challenge point. Testing on Tenuto with these requirements.

Level 1 - Major up to 3 sharps (1 min 25 questions, 90% correct)

Level 2 - Major up to 3 flats (1 min 25 questions, 90% correct)

Level 3 - Major up to 7 sharps (3 min 50 questions, 90% correct)

Level 4 - Major up to 7 flats (3 min 50 questions, 90% correct)

Level 5 - Major 7 sharps or flats (5 min 70 questions, 90% correct)

Level 5 - Major/minor up to 3 sharps (5 min 50 questions, 90% correct)

Level 6 - Major/minor up to 3 flats (5 min 50 questions, 90% correct)

Level 7 - Major/minor up to 7 sharps (5 min 50 questions, 90% correct)

Level 7 - Major/minor up to 7 flats (5 min 50 questions, 90% correct)

Level 8 - Major/minor 7 sharps or flats (5 min 80 questions, 90% correct)

Symbols and Terms Space Cowboys - Level Up when you can pass off all cards for level with 100% accuracy 2 weeks in a row. Every Level Up earns 1 challenge point. Testing on Quizlet or studio flashcards


Ear Training

Interval Interrogators - Every Level Up earns 1 challenge point. Testing on Tenuto Ear Training.

Level 1 - Unison, 2, 3 Ascending (1 min 20 questions, 90% correct)

Level 2 - M2, M3, P5, P8 Ascending (2 min 35 questions, 90% correct)

Level 3 - P4, P5, M6 and M7 (5 min 50 questions, 90% correct)

Level 4 - M3, P5, M6, M7 (5 min 50 questions, 90% correct)

Level 5 - M3, m3, M6, m6 (5 min 50 questions, 90% correct)

Level 6 - M2, m2, M7, m7 (5 min 100 questions, 90% correct)

Level 7 - Tritone, P4, P5 (5 min 100 questions, 90% correct)

Level 8 - M3, m3, M6, m6, M7, m7 (5 min 100 questions, 90% correct)

Level 9 - All Major, Minor, Perfect and Tritone intervals (5 min 100 questions, 90%)

Scale Identifiers - Every Level Up earns 1 challenge point. Testing on Tenuto Ear Training or with a teacher

Level 1 - Ascending/Descending(1 min 20 questions, 90% correct)

Level 2 - Maj or min (1 min 25 questions, 90% correct)

Level 3 - Maj, natural min, chromatic (3 min 70 questions, 90% correct)

Level 4 - Natural, Harmonic and Melodic Minor (3 min 60 questions, 90% correct)

Level 5 - Dorian, Natural or Harmonic Minor (3 min 50 questions, 90% correct)

Level 6 - Major, Natural minor or Phrygian Mode (3 min 50 questions, 90% correct)

Level 7 - Major, Lydian and Whole Tone (3 min 50 questions, 90% correct)

Level 8 - Major, Mixolydian, Pentatonic and Whole Tone (3 min 75 questions, 90%)

Level 9 - Natural minor, Locrian Mode, Pentatonic, Blues (3 min 75 questions, 90%)

Chord Challengers - Every Level Up earns 1 challenge point. Testing on Tenuto Ear Training.

Level 1 - Maj or min Root(1 min 15 questions, 90% correct)

Level 2 - Maj or min Root(1 min 25 questions, 90% correct)

Level 3 - Maj/min/dim Root(3 min 50 questions, 90% correct)

Level 4 - Maj/min/dim/Aug Root (3 min 50 questions, 90% correct)

Level 5 - Maj/min Root/Inverted (3 min 50 questions, 90% correct)

Level 6 - Dom7/dim7 root (5 min 100 questions, 90% correct)

Level 7 - M7/m7/half dim7 root (5 min 100 questions, 90% correct)

Level 8 - M7/Dom7/m7/dim7 (5 min 100 questions, 90% correct)

Level 9 - Dom 7th Root/Inverted (5 min 100 questions, 90%)

Level 10 - All M/m/7th chords in root and inversions (5 min 100 questions, 90%)

Theta Ear Sensai 2020-2021 - You level up with every Belt increase. Every Level earns 1 challenge point. 


Sight Reading

Note Ninjas - Every Level Up earns 1 challenge point. Testing on Tenuto Ear Training or with teacher

Level 1 - 🎼 Lines (1 min 15 questions, 90% correct)

Level 2 - 🎼 Lines/Spaces (1 min 15 questions, 90% correct)

Level 3 - 𝄢 Lines (1 min 15 questions, 90% correct)

Level 4 - 𝄢 Lines/Spaces (1 min 20 questions, 90% correct)

Level 5 - 🎼𝄢 Lines/Spaces (5 min 75 questions, 90% correct)

Level 6 - 🎼𝄢 2 Ledger Lines Out (5 min 75 questions, 90% correct)

Level 7 - 🎼𝄢 4 Ledger Lines Out (5 min 90 questions, 90% correct)

Level 8 - 🎼𝄢 4 Ledger Lines Out (5 min 100 questions, 90%)

Level 9 - 🎼𝄢 4 Ledger Lines Out (5 min 120 questions, 90%)

Piano Maestro Master 2020-2021 - You level up with every 20 Rank increase. Every Level earns 1 challenge point. 

Rhythm Raiders - Level Up when you have completed a level on Rhythm Lab. Earn a challenge point for every 3 levels past with at least 90% accuracy. Write the levels past off in the box.

SASR SAGES - You level up with every 100 points. Every Level earns 5 challenge points.


Music History

Piano Explorers 2020-2021 - Study the Piano Explorer Magazine. Do the quiz. Listen to the music of the composer. You can find music anywhere or peforkids.net. Identify music for your teacher. You level up with every Composer studied. Every Level earns 1 challenge point. 

Cool Composer Cats - Level up after composing, publishing and performing your own composition or making an arrangement of another song. Each level up must increase in difficulty. Every Level up earns 1 challenge point.

Public Performance Professionals - You level up with every 30 audience members. Every Level earns 1 challenge point. 

May 2020 Musical Revue Recital

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 by Becky Brouwer | Uncategorized

I was so proud of these students! What a great end to an unprecedented school year. Thanks for making my job fun. I am looking forward to a great summer of further musical learning.