Andrew & Alex started piano lessons last week. In an attempt to add to their excitement, we had PIANO WEEK at our house.
What might you ask is Piano Week?
Well, it’s just a week of activities I thought up or found which dealt with music. This was an attempt to give a little structure to our summer days. The focus being on little.
Here’s PIANO WEEK:
Visited: a piano store and received a tour by a very enthusiastic employee
Created: Alex created a power point about John Williams while Andrew made a poster. I originally thought they would choose Beethoven or Mozart but once we stumbled upon John Williams there was no turning back. One morning we spent over an hour watching him conduct on You Tube.
Read Books: 1. Beethoven – A Value Tales book 2. Duke Ellington by Andrea Davis Pinkney 3. Ludwig van Beethoven by Eric Summerer 4. Keyboards by Wendy Lynch
Made: Thumb pianos – directions found here
Listened: to a Mixed Classical CD from Target in the car all week
Food: We ate SHARP cheese, ate BACHli (I’ll be honest – Derek and I are the only ones who ate the broccoli), talked about fish SCALES while we ate fish sticks, and planned to make cinnamon FLATbread but never got around to it.
We also made dessert PIANOS compliments of Alex. We used ice cream bars but white Kit Kats bars would make prefect piano keys.
Movies: We watched the movie Beethoven with Charles Grodin and Bonnie Hunt. Yes I know it has nothing to do with music but the kids loved it.
We capped off the week with a trip to eat ice cream at Braum’s (BRAHM). I wanted to finish up the week at a piano bar but Derek thought otherwise.
We had some LOWS and HIGHs during piano week but overall it was enjoyable. The boys have enthusiastically practiced piano everyday since their first lesson and can’t wait to find out what this week’s activities will focus on.
What fun things are you doing this summer?
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