Tutor profile: Emily A.
Subject: Music Theory
How do I recognize music symbols for singing/playing in various volumes?
Musical symbols that composers write into a piece of sheet music refers to how loud or soft the musician is to perform a set a of notes and these are called - these are called "dynamics". Dynamic symbols are often abbreviated volume terms in Italian. The softest term is "pianissimo" meaning "very soft" represented by the symbol "pp" in a piece of music. "Piano" is the next term meaning "soft" represented by the symbol "p" which is slightly louder than pianissimo. Continuing slightly louder, "Mezzo Piano" is the term for "medium soft" represented by "mp". A "normal" or "average" volume is "mezzo forte" meaning "medium loud" which I tell my students to use a basis for all of the other softer and louder dynamics. "Forte" means "loud" represented by "f", and "Fortissimo" means "very loud" represented by the symbol "ff". Generally, when you perform in an ensemble with other musicians the idea is to blend so that no one person can be heard over another so these dynamic ranges are adhered to more strictly than if you were performing a solo.
How can I learn to sing/play piano/perform?
I can help you: - Create a specific practice routine and keep track of your progress with a practice log (warming up, practice literacy and ear training skills, and performance skills). - Prepare for auditions for competitions, shows/concerts, and recitals to gain performance experience, gain confidence against performance anxiety, and develop a life-long appreciation for your craft. - Strengthen your musician skills by teaching you how to read music, performance skills like breath management/posture/tone/diction/articulation/stylistic expression/etc., performing in various styles and languages (voice), apply performance skills when singing/playing solo and ensemble repertoire.
How can I improve my classroom management with my students?
1. Establish clear expectations for your students from the first day of school. Be consistent with holding your students accountable to these expectations with constant reminders throughout the year. Be fair, be confident, be caring. 2. Regular parent communication about their child's success and behavior in your class via email and phone calls are a must - especially the positive ones! 3. Build meaningful relationships with your students. Start getting to know them from moment one and truly invest in their interests. Students don't care how much you know until they know how much you care. 4. Establish a clear supportive community between you and students and between the students. Allow students to help teach each other, to help you establish class rules and expectations (guiding them with parameters of course), and allowing them to verbally celebrate their own and each others' accomplishments on a regular basis.