Nash ~ Beethoven, Bagatelle in G Minor, Op. 119, No. 1

Learned this for my CM Level 6 student Lauren. It took me about three days of practice.

Many of the recordings I’ve found are so slow!  Even famous pianists play this piece “andante” … why? Beethoven clearly wrote “allegretto.” I think it reads like a scherzo…

Like many of the Bagatelles, it is a quirky piece.

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Certificate of Merit. RESULTS.

Evaluation Results

Rhea. Level 1. Modal Song. Bastien. Funny Event from Op. 39, Kabalevsky.

Sight Reading: Good
Technique: Average
Repertoire: Good
All Pieces Memorized ?: Yes
Performance: Passed
Theory Result: Passed
Theory Score: 94 %, 75 out of 80, Incorrect: 5

Arnav. Level 2. Moonlight. Gillock. Tune by Samin Baghtcheban from 1000 Stories for the Little Pianist, Katrin Arefy.

Sight Reading: Excellent
Technique: Good
Repertoire: Good
All Pieces Memorized ?: Yes
Performance: Passed
Theory Result: Passed
Theory Score: 91 %, 82 out of 90, Incorrect: 8
  • Elizabeth. Level 5. Solfeggietto. C.P.E. Bach. Romanza. M. Cuellar. No. 5 Adagio Cantabile from 12 Easy Pieces, F.J. Haydn.
Sight Reading: Average
Technique: Good
Repertoire: Average
All Pieces Memorized ?: No
Performance: Passed
Theory Result: Passed
Theory Score: 76 %, 76 out of 100, Incorrect: 24

Nicholas. Level 4. BWV 775. Invention in D Minor. J.S. Bach. Ecossaise WoO 23 from Dances of Beethoven. L.V. Beethoven. Fiesta from Miniatures Op. 52. J. Turina.

Sight Reading: Average
Technique: Good
Repertoire: Average
All Pieces Memorized ?: Yes
Performance: Passed
Theory Result: Passed
Theory Score: 78 %, 78 out of 100, Incorrect: 22
Convention Results from Branch Evaluations: Score: , Ineligible checked ?: Yes
Reason for Ineligible for Convention:
Convention Title: Miniaturas Op. 52, VII. Fiesta, Joaqu�n Turina, Timing: 01:52

Christian. Level 4. Asian Moon from Oriental Expressions. J.S. Pease. WoO 10 no. 1 Minuet in C Major. L.V. Beethoven. Old French Song. Album for the Young Op. 39. P. Tchaikovsky.

Sight Reading: Average
Technique: Excellent
Repertoire: Good
All Pieces Memorized ?: Yes
Performance: Passed
Theory Result: Passed
Theory Score: 88 %, 88 out of 100, Incorrect: 12

Haley. Level 3. Pleasant Morning from Op. 39. L. Streabbog. Japanese Cherry Blossoms from Oriental Expressions. J.S. Pease. Minuet in G Minor. J.S. Bach

Sight Reading: Good
Technique: Good
Repertoire: Good
All Pieces Memorized ?: Yes
Performance: Passed
Theory Result: Passed
Theory Score: 86 %, 77 out of 90, Incorrect: 13
Convention Results from Branch Evaluations: Score: 4-, Ineligible checked ?: Yes
Reason for Ineligible for Convention:
Convention Title: Minuet in G Minor from Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach, J.S. Bach, Timing: 01:23

Lauren. Level 5. Prelude at Sunset. Bastien. Playing Soldiers from Silhouettes Op. 31. Rebikov. Minuet in F from Notebook for Nannerl. W.A. Mozart.

Sight Reading: Average
Technique: Good
Repertoire: Good
All Pieces Memorized ?: Yes
Performance: Passed
Theory Result: Passed
Theory Score: 78 %, 78 out of 100, Incorrect: 22.

Riona. Level 3. Waltz in D Minor from Op. 24, Kabalevsky. Soldier’s March from Op. 63, Streabbog. Minuet in C Major from Notebook for Wolfgang, Leopold Mozart.

Sight Reading: Average
Technique: Average
Repertoire: Good
All Pieces Memorized ?: Yes
Performance: Passed
Theory Result: Passed
Theory Score: 79 %, 71 out of 90, Incorrect: 19

Adyah. Level 3. The Swinging Sioux. Gillock. Country Dance. L.v. Beethoven. Bourlesq from Notebook for Wolfgang. L. Mozart

Sight Reading: Weak
Technique: Weak
Repertoire: Good
All Pieces Memorized ?: Yes
Performance: Remain At Level
Reason for Remain At Level: Weak in Sight-Reading and Technique
Theory Result: Passed
Theory Score: 82 %, 74 out of 90, Incorrect: 16

Miles. Level 1. Polka from 24 Pieces for Children, Op. 39. D. Kabalevsky. Bagpiper’s March from Supplementary Solos. F. Clark.

Sight Reading: Weak
Technique: Average
Repertoire: Weak
All Pieces Memorized ?: Yes
Performance: Passed
Theory Result: Passed
Theory Score: 86 %, 69 out of 80, Incorrect: 11

Cole. Level 2. Queen’s Minuet. William Gillock. Jam Session. Lee Evans.

Sight Reading: Average
Technique: Good
Repertoire: Good
All Pieces Memorized ?: Yes
Performance: Passed
Theory Result: Passed
Theory Score: 77 %, 69 out of 90, Incorrect: 21

Beginning with Music Tree: A Time to Begin

Why I use “The Music Tree.”

#1

Establishes proper rhythm and steady beat.

#2

Students use their hands, wrists, arms, as well as fingers; encouraging a natural interaction with the keyboard.

#3

Sight reading is introduced incrementally – no more memorizing “every good boy does fine” just to find out what a note is… the student reads music like a professional – linearly.

#4

It is the way I was taught how to teach.

#5

Finally (because all good things come in fives), it is flexible. This method allows for the incorporation of outisde material, arrangements, exercises, etc… according to the unique needs of every student.

Shirley Kirsten, from Berkeley CA. shows us a proper performance of the first Music Tree songs.

Tips for parents.

Song: Take Off

Student sits on the high side of the keyboard. Arms extend to the left to play the first group of black key notes(the black keys adjacent to Middle C).

Song: Landing

Student sits on the low side. Arms extend to the right and begin on the two black keys adjacent to Middle C.

Mastery of steady beat should be achieved before attempting to leap up and down the keyboard.

Once student is ready to go up and down the piano – they must stay in one spot, no “scooching” around the bench…

Reminders

“Right  hand notes point up.”

“Left hand notes point down.”

“Count out loud (count 1 for every quarter note)”

“Which hand starts the group?”

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