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Welcome Sarah!

Great job at your lesson this week, I loved hearing your improvement on the Mozart sonata! Below you will find some additional resources per our conversation at your lesson. Please contact me if you have any questions about the information below.    - Lani

Technical Exercises

Increasing Finger Mobility/Sight Reading

Per our conversation, I recommend that you start working on some Czerny exercises. Here is the book I suggest, The School of Velocity, Opus 299, Book 1 (Schimer Edition). We will also use this book for short studies/sight reading exercises. You can go to your local music store or order online here. When you receive it, begin the first exercise slowly with a metronome and gradually increase your speed to tempo; you can also practice these in rhythms as well. Please be prepared to play this first exercise at your lesson.

Rhythmic Training

Please continue to work on your rhythm training. Click here for your newest exercise; please write in the counting and clap or play chords with your metronome. Also count out loud when practicing at home.

Music Theory & History

Weekly Listening Exercises

Regarding your request to listen to more Mozart Sonatas, please click below for links to the music:

Sonata in C Major, No. 7. K 309

Sonata in A Minor, No 8, K. 310, 1st Movement

Sonata in D Major, No. 18, K 576  

To access your listening library, click here.

What is Sonata Form?

In the traditional sense, it is the first movement of a sonata (or other work) that adheres to a form or structure of music called the Sonata Allegro form. This form includes three main themes that are introduced in the exposition in tonic and dominant keys. The next section is called the developmental section and it can utilize the themes from the exposition (typically in fragments) and introduce new themes... all in foreign keys. The last section is called the recapitulation. This is where the original themes return, however all three themes will be in the tonic key. 

Activity: Please listen to a recording of your piece here. Look at your score and note 1) the three main themes in the exposition, 2) the developmental section and 3) the recapitulation. We will discuss at your lesson next week.