Updated: Nov 16, 2019
IMPORTANT KEYLAB DATES!
KEYLAB IS CLOSED NOVEMBER 28th-DECEMBER 1st for THANKSGIVING.
there will be no classes or private lessons (in-home or at Keylab) held these days! Classes will resume on Monday December 2nd.
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IN THIS POST
PRIVATE LESSON HIGHLIGHTS
INSIDE SONGLAB: highlights from the Tech Lab, Key Lab, and Band Room
STUDENT INTERVIEW with NICO!
PRIVATE LESSON HIGHLIGHTS:
Keylab offers private music lessons both in-home and here at the studio. Here are some recent moments from our unique, tailored individual and group lessons.
Fiorella and Fiona take class together with their sister Keisha to focus not only on their instruments but on songwriting and playing together as a band. Here they are playing their version of Daniel Caesar’s song “Best Part." They work with Keylab teacher, Lucy Clifford.
Duncan started voice lessons with Sam Talmadge this fall. This is Duncan singing "Hey Jude." They've been working on opening up the range in his voice and relaxing the back of the throat for a fuller sound.
Liam, who takes SONGLAB and private lesson with teacher, Lucy Clifford shares a song he wrote in class titled "Mom and Dad."
In the Tech Lab
"The magic of sampling is turning something you wouldn't normally use into an instrument." -- Matthew Ryals, Tech Lab teacher.
In the Tech Lab, students have begun their second song project of the year. Last week, we learned about sampling and how to use the sampler instrument in Garageband.
The students continue to learn about sampling. They record any sound (voice, clapping, whistling, etc.), play it on the midi keyboard and use it in an original song. In addition, kids are being introduced to the bass and guitar instruments in Garageband, and are learning how to add those elements to their own compositions. Some of our more advanced students are learning to edit their samples to simulate drum sounds and create their own drum loops!
Check out Chloe's new song. She's from the band THE NOISEMAKERS.
Tommy of NOTORIOUS NOTES shares his work in progress from TECH LAB!
In the Key Lab
Featured below: AMAZING ROCK PICKLES playing "Count On Me"
In the Piano Lab, students are continuing to learn fundamental music theory concepts including basic rhythms, the white keys on the keyboard, how to read basic song forms, using the songs "Allouete", "Count On Me" by Bruno Mars and "Imagine" by John Lennon.
PIANO SHEET MUSIC, LYRICS, VIDEO LINKS
Ask your kids what songs they are working on and use the links below to download sheet music and practice at home! Skill levels are based on our curriculum, not standard repertoire.
Get the most out of practicing at home with our
ALOUETTE (for K-1 students)
Alouette sheet music
IMAGINE by JOHN LENNON
Imagine - Music Video
COUNT ON ME by BRUNO MARS
‘Count On Me' - Music Video
Condensed Song Form - Beginner Level 1-2
Full Song Form - Int/Adv Levels 1-3 Levels
HEART AND SOUL
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM LAST WEEK'S PIANO CLASS:
RAINBOW COCKROACH ROCKERS work on counting and clapping rhythms.
Featuring: Celine, Vali, Nylah, Sayer and Origin
LOU (of RACCOON RACKETS) plays "Alouette" in the Piano Room!
IN THE BAND ROOM
Kids are finishing up work on their first original songs, and some bands are starting their first cover songs! Band photos, t-shirts and websites will be coming soon!
Kids have chosen band names, and here is the list!
Rainbow Cockroach Rockers - Celine, Vali, Nylah, Sayer, Origin
The Crazy Monkey Banana Rockerstars - Aedan, Noah, Michael, Mateo, Ella
PANDAMONIUM - Gabriella, Olive, Uma, Lila Lucy
The Burning Synths - Rhodes, Gustave, Yohan, Adam
Amazing Rock Pickles - Roya, Abigail, Elliot, Gael, Sebastian
The Noise Makers - Chloe, Oliver, Chaks, Sam, Lulu
Radioactive Golden Dragons - Liam, Dylan, Jack, Alma, Dash
Hamster Headphones - Lila, Scarlett, Clover, August, Aoife
The Band Band - Dune, Mathias, Nora, Catrina
Raccoon Rackets - Evie, Lou, Sunny, Giselle
The Jam Fam! - Emmett, Lucy, Maya
Epic Talking Guitars - Oliver, Sai, Dean, Ethan, Nico
Record Breakers - Chili, Elsa, Avya
Diamond Rock - Tempe, Sora, Colette
The Notorious Notes - Johnny, William, JunHyun, Alessandro, Aarav, Tommy
BAND ROOM VIDEOS!
The latest DIAMOND ROCK original -- "If you see a zip of glitter, follow the fairy trail and you will discover a world of magic." (Lyrics by Tempe) DIAMOND ROCK: Tempe, Sora and Colette
THE BAND BAND (Dune, Mathias, Nora and Caterina) work out their new original song, currently titled ""No (Brr Br Br Brr Br Br)."
Student Interview: Nico ("Epic Talking Guitars")
Favorite thing about Keylab: "Making my song longer and longer in the iPad room."
(It has a "P" section and counting)
Favorite Instrument: Nord (awesome digital keyboard!).
Snack of choice if on a desert island: Huge bag of BBQ chips.
What he would be listening to as he snacked: Old Town Road.
Why does the world need music?
So you can be entertained sometimes when you’re a little bored.
Earliest memory of music: When I learned how to play twinkle twinkle little star. On piano.
Video excerpts from Nico's interview below, set to his newest original composition from the TECH LAB: