Sunday, November 25, 2012

Edublog Nominations 2012

I am very excited to be part of the Edublog nomination process.  I have been blogging for one and half years and have made many friends from all of the world.

Here is my list of blogs that I nominated:


Best Class Blog

Mrs Yollis’ Classroom Blog

Mrs. Yollis helps make her classroom interesting through blogging. She has a new interesting post up almost every week and supports her student bloggers by leaving comments on their blogs.  She also comments back to many of her readers on her blog.

 Best Student Blog

Miriam's Magical Moments

One of my favorite student bloggers is my older sister Miriam. She was a finalist last year for the best student blog. She has been blogging for two and a half years and has taught me many things about blogging. She has a new and interesting post up a couple times a month and always responds to all her comments.

Best Twitter Hashtag


I love the #comments4kids hashtag! When I publish a new post, Mrs. Yollis tweets it out using this hashtag.  I always receive many comments from teachers and students.

Library/Librarian Blog

The Bulldog Readers By: Mrs Hembree

Mrs. Hembree is a great librarian who inspires children everywhere to read. She has interesting posts about  books I can read. I also really like her Summer reading contest. She wanted to see us reading in the most interesting places and ways. All we had to do is send her a photo of us reading and she posted it on her blog. 

Check out these great blogs!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Two Fall Piano Pieces

During the end of summer and beginning of fall, I learned two new pieces. They are both composed from different periods of music. The first piece is Invention No. 8 by Bach. He is a German composer and was born in the baroque period. I have played many pieces by him that were slow. This piece is very fast and it sounds like a bird flying in nature.

 The second song is Sonatina in C Major (Op. 20 No. 1) by Kuhlau. He was born in Germany, but was a Danish composers during the Classical and Romantic period.When he was seven, he lost his right eye when he slipped on ice. Even though he was born to a poor family, they still afforded to pay for piano lessons. Kuhlau escaped to Denmark to avoid going to Napoleon's army, and in 1813 he became a Danish citizen. During his lifetime, Kuhlau was known as a concert pianist and composer of a very famous Danish opera and other pieces for the piano. He composed over 200 published works and probably even more would have been published if his house didn't burn down with many of his unpublished pieces. This Sonatina consists of 3 movements. The first and third movement are fast. The second movement is slow and only has a few lines of music.

Can you tell when a movement ends and another begins? 
Which movement was your favorite?

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Hannah's Fall Concert

In the past two months, Hannah learned 4 new pieces, all written by different composers.She learns new pieces really quickly and memorizes them fast as well after playing them a few times. Her hand is still small and it is sometimes hard for her to reach all the notes and play fast. She is getting better with practice.

Her first piece is Sonatina in C major by M. Clementi. Clementi wrote during the Classical period. This piece has 3 movements, a fast movement, a slower lyrical movement with a beautiful melody, and a fast lively movement.  Of the 4 pieces she played, this one was probably the hardest.Which was your favorite movement?

The second piece is Sonatina in G major by Beethoven. Beethoven also wrote during the classical period. This piece has two movements and they are both fast with a very nice melody.  It is a very famous piece and both Miriam and I played it 2 years ago. This piece is probably my favorite.

The third piece is called Wild Horseman by Schumann. Schumann was a German composer, who composed during the Romantic period (1810-1856).  When Hannah plays this piece, I think of people riding horses in a horse shows.

Finally, the last piece she played is called Musette in D major by Bach. Bach is also a German composer who composed in the Baroque period. When I think of this song I think of waves hitting the shore at the beach. This piece has a gorgeous melody and Hannah plays it beautifully. Our piano teacher believes that it is important for us to play Bach, so we are always playing at least one new Bach piece.

Which piece was your favorite?