G6 Practice Journal

CREATE YOUR OWN PRACTICE JOURNAL

USE THIS GOOGLE FORM TO HAND IN YOUR VIDEOS each week.


the Benefits of a Practice Journal


 

Summative Assessment Task:

 Criterion A – Knowledge and Understanding,  

Criterion B – Developing Skills,                               

Criterion C – Thinking,                                                 

Criterion D – Responding

ATL Skills: Organization, Communication, Thinking

LINK TO TSC

USE THIS GOOGLE FORM TO HAND IN YOUR VIDEOS each week.

  • Your journal will be used to demonstrate your rehearsal process and progress by including your performance, exercises and reflective comments with Goal setting and is  a Summative Assessment 
  • you should make one video per week documenting your process
  • each weekly video SHOULD HAVE A FOCUS for your practice sessions. What are you focusing on improving for the week.
  • we will start by making FORMATIVE TEST VIDEO. This will help to ensure everyone knows how to achieve the correct process. You will receive FEEDBACK on your test video to let you know if you included all of the parts for your practice that will help you improve your playing. These are listed in the outline found below and should be included in each of your weekly videos.
  • Don’t forget to INCLUDE EVERYTHING REQUESTED

Summative Assessment Task:

BREAKDOWN OF THE ASSESSMENT

  • Criterion A – Knowledge and Understanding – Your performance will be graded on your understanding and ability to read music notation correctly. This should be outlined in your REFLECTIVE COMMENTS and your GOAL SETTING
  • Criterion B – Skills – Then perform your chosen Performance your Piece, the Scale and a Finger Exercise. Perform with a metronome and both hands the scale of the key your piece you are learning is written in and try your best to play the correct pitches in a steady tempo, as well as using correct fingerings.
  • Criterion C – Thinking – Set Goals for the week that are both achievable and challenging. BREAK YOU LEARNING DOWN INTO ACHIEVABLE/DOABLE SMALLER CHUNKS. Don’t play the whole piece until you have practiced and learned to play all the parts of the piece first.
  • Criterion D – Responding – Reflect on your progress. This needs to be an in-depth reflection.  Leading Questions to Answer
    1. How did the warmup exercises help you improve your playing? What is it I need to improve?
    2. How do exercises and scales help you improve your playing?
    3. How does Goal setting help you stay focused on improving your performance?
    4. How does Reflecting help you improve your performance?
    5. How does having a Regular Practice Schedule help you improve your performance? Does practicing more help you improve more?
    6. Which of the above can you improve on next week and how will you do that?
  • Your videos should demonstrate how you break down your learning into specific components and how you keep adjusting your rehearsal process to improve by focusing your practice sessions on problem areas 
  • You will need to create weekly videos which demonstrate your weekly progress while learning your performance piece
  • You will need to share these videos by copying the URL of each video into your SHARED Practice Journal GOOGLE.doc 

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5 BEGINNER PIANO MISTAKES THAT ARE SLOWING YOU DOWN! – DON’T SKIP ANY STEPS! THERE ARE NO SHORTCUTS!

  1. DON’T ONLY PRACTICE THE PART OF THE SONG YOU ALREADY KNOW! Practice the parts you don’t know. practice slowly first,
  2. DON’T PLAY TOO FAST! Start slowly and play the piece in a STEADY TEMPO and gradually speed them up to the right tempo
  3. WRITE IN THE CORRECT FINGER NUMBERS – then you won’t run out of fingers to play your music. PRACTICE SCALES / ARPEGGIOS/ CHORDS WITH CORRECT FINGERINGS- this will help you play up and down the keyboard smoothly
  4. DON’T PLAY PIECES ABOVE YOUR LEVEL! – It will take you too long to learn the piece and will not help you build technique.
  5. UNDERSTAND YOUR MUSIC THEORY – It is so important even if you think it is less fun. These help you understand the building blocks of music and speed up your learning. You will recognize what you are playing. DON’T SKIP LEARNING HOW TO READ MUSIC! – SIGHT READING WILL HELP YOU PLAY ANYTHING AND SPEED UP YOUR LEARNING
  6. LOOK BEFORE YOU PLAY! = START UNDERSTANDING MUSIC THEORY AND ANALYSE THE MUSIC BEFORE YOU PLAY – LOOK FOR KEY SIGNATURES, ACCIDENTALS, This will help you eliminate mistakes ahead of time.

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FIVE STEPS TO POSTING YOUR VIDEO

1. Start with Goal Setting

  • YOUR GOAL should be very specific as to what part of the song/technique/skill you will be working on and what aspect of your performance, skills or a technique you are currently trying to improve to help your performance – (example: playing in tempo, playing correct pitches and/or rhythms, two-hand coordination, fingerings etc.)
  • EXAMPLE OF A GOOD SPECIFIC GOAL – This week I am working on learning the correct pitches of the music in the right hand for the first line of music. So far I haven’t been able to identify them fast enough in order to play the piece in a steady tempo. To improve my reading ability I have figured out the pitches of the Treble Clef and written them using CAPITAL LETTERS above each note. I also practiced reading and naming the correct pitches of the Treble Clef by playing this game for ten minutes every day which helped me read them quicker.
  • EXAMPLE OF A BAD GOAL THAT ISN’T SPECIFIC – This week I need to practice more to get better.

2. Developing Skills: Major Scales & Exercises

Record yourself performing the scale of the same key signature as your piece and at least one finger exercise with a metronome TO help improve your performance technique and skill.

Identify at least one more skill you will focus on developing in your Practice Journal other than scales and timing with a metronome.

*HANON EXERCISES and SCALES are two of the best methods to improve your piano playing technique. 

– Use CORRECT FINGERINGS for scales and Hanon exercises. (they are marked on the link below). PLAY A NEW SCALE for every video.

  • Don’t forget to STATE WHAT SKILL YOU IMPROVING by practicing your chosen EXERCISE.
  • PRACTICE EVERYTHING WITH A METRONOME!
  1. METRONOME – Use this online metronome to practice warmup and exercises. Be sure to record yourself playing with it.
  2. MAJOR SCALES with Fingerings Perform the major scale of the piece you are learning (the one with the same “key signature as the piece you are playing) with a metronome to keep a steady tempo and use the correct fingerings with both hands.
  3. Five OF THE BEST Beginner Piano Exercises – watch this YouTube – perform one exercise that will be used to improve your technique and explain in your video what skill it will help develop.
  4. MORE WARM-UP EXERCISES – perform one exercise that will be used to improve your technique and explain in your video what skill it will help develop.
  5. IMPROVE playing RHYTHMs – watch this YouTube and learn 3 new Rhythm exercises

3. Choose a Piece  (Level 1-5)

  • CHOOSE A PIECE FROM ONE OF THESE  5 levels of difficulty – Challenge yourself to work through all 5 levels. Break down your learning into steps that you will focus on for each week. Include your performance rehearsal of the part of the song you have been working on in your Video. When ready to perform tell Mr. Johnston and you will perform it for the class for assessment. You will get credit for reaching the higher-level pieces as well as your ability to perform them correctly.
  • Once you have chosen a song to play go online and look up that composer and learn a little bit about them. Then listen to a recording of the song you are about to start to learn so you can become more familiar with the song.

4. Reflect on Progress, Process, and state link between exercise and improving playing technique

  • Finish by giving an in-depth Reflection on your progress and process. 
  • Link to your exercise to a specific technique you are trying to improve. This should be stated in your video.

5. Post Your Video link on YOUR SHARED copy of your PRACTICE JOURNAL GOOGLE.DOC

(Be sure it is shared with Mr. Johnston at johnstonb@yis.ac.jp)

 

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CREATING YOUR VIDEO

STEP ONE: you should identify the different steps/elements involved (see above list) in reading music and think of how to explain them to the listener. You can use visual aids like posters, drawing or music notation.

STEP TWO: in a google.doc create a script that you will use in your video AND share the document with Mr. Johnston before creating your video

STEP THREE: Open the PhotoBooth application on your computer and line it up so it shows you sitting at the piano.  Make sure the keyboard and your face is visible so when you demonstrate and play I can see your hands on the piano. (see picture above)

Watch this YouTube about how to flip the video

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STEP FOUR:

IMPORTANT – if you are using PHOTOBOOTH to create your video be sure to change the setting for the video to ‘AUTO FLIP NEW ITEMS’ in the ‘EDIT’ drop down menu, or it will come out backwards.

STEP FIVE: create your video

STEP SIX: export your video to your desktop and name it with your name 

STEP SEVEN: open your google drive and create a music PJ video folder and upload your video to the folder and THEN SHARE THE WHOLE FOLDER with me.  johnstonb@yis.ac.jp

STEP EIGHT: FINISH UP BY COPYING THE URL OF YOUR VIDEO INTO YOUR Personal Practice Journal Google.doc