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Cheryl Norman: Piano Instructor of Individual & Group Lessons  

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“Music uplifts, restores, enlightens, comforts and heals the soul. It bridges all barriers of people and cultures–it is an ambassador for world peace.”

If the music is HARD, do a little bit at a time, or get an easier song. If you Eat, Drink & Sleep MUSIC, you’ll thrive learning Music you LOVE to play for others in many venues, & even be in College Prep “Achievement In Music” and other programs.  MUSICAL FRIENDS get together in Group Performances, Duets, Ensembles, Concertos, Games and General instruction. You can even become a COMPOSER!

PIANO MARVEL: a program in a room with 4 KEYBOARDS LINKED TO 4 LAPTOPS. IMG_3523
SPECIAL FEATURES: Sightreading skill building, Method Levels 1-6, Thousands of songs = Popular, Classical, Holiday songs, Jazz–you name it & it’s there.

American Fork, Utah 801-636-5620

 

HUMANITARIAN MUSIC 2010-2019

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Guatemala and Mexico – Recitals by Cheryl Norman AND some of her UTAH students who travel down with her. Keyboard Donations with Musical Training for local students.  Want to learn SPANISH & TRAVEL?

Cheryl travels each August to Guatemala and Mexico with her Archaeologist husband, V. Garth Norman.  Piano teachers in the region assist and help train teenage students, who in turn help teach the beginning students who receive electric keyboards from her Humanitarian Music program.

Master Teacher Theodor Leschetizky Newcomb states: “To play well you must have love for all the world.  One must smile in his soul.  You can conquer the world with rhythm and beautiful tones. . .You carry in you a rich, warm musical sensitivity. . . There is energy and rhythm in it. . .Never cover up the top [Melody] when it has something to say. . .Good pedaling, good style, good taste all depend for the most part on listening to your own playing.  This in itself is a means of attracting many emotional qualities.”

Student Videos

Here is the link to more student videos I’ve uploaded.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4lP7rRPP53RZL9EcqKiP6w

https://youtu.be/R0ts5-ElVd4  – Michael Brinton (above)

Kirsten Black – Hymn Arangement 

Savannah Christensen – Etude in C

Savannah Christensen – Puck by Grieg

Abbie Lee – Salon by Rocherolle

When one student plays sweet music, his pet joins him. Pet “Buddy” even taps his toes on the keys afterwards.

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Divine Harmony PPt. + Forms for New Students

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–Modern people commonly assume that pre-modern people were stupid, inhabiting a primitive fantasy world detached from reality, unenlightened by science & awash in superstition.
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–Quite the opposite.   Pre-modern people were closer to nature knowing vividly the patterns, rhythms & cycles of life on earth.  They viewed the heavenly cycles of the sun, moon & stars to keep time, establish calendars & navigate their travels.
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–This Power Point presentation, produced with the assistance of my archaeologist husband Garth, Astronomer John Pratt and several Music Educators & Historians, is a brief overview of the History of Music from very ancient times — approximately 3,000 BC to modern times.  Heavenly and earthly cycles of life are cosmologically the foundation of our western musical scales, rhythms and harmonies.    This means that the music we make on our well tempered keyboards today is “in tune” with the cosmos.
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Cheryl Peterson Norman – NCTM

NORMAN MUSIC STUDIO – New Student Questionaire

Student information:

Name______________________________________Birthday_________________

School & Grade _____________________________________________________

Do you play another instrument?________________________________________

Why do you want to learn to play the piano . . . .to learn a special song? ___________

What are your other extra-curricular activities?_____________________________

Will you follow Studio Policies at lessons and at home each day?______________

Weekly Lesson Time_____________________________

Daily Piano Time at home ________________________

Parent/Guardian Information

Name__________________________________________Phone_______________

Address______________________________E-mail________________________

How many children in your home?______________________________________

Who plays the piano in your family?_____________________________________

What are your goals for your child as a piano student?_______________________

Does your child have any learning challenges (ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Autism, etc.), or difficulty focusing or paying attention that I need to know about? __________________________________________________________________

What kind of piano do you have?________________________________________

If acoustic, do you have a regular tuner?__________________________________

Will you ensure that your child practices 5 days/week?_______________________

What expectations do you have of me as a piano teacher?____________________

Signatures_________________________________________________________

NORMAN MUSIC STUDIO – Transfer Student Audition Questionaire

Student information:

Name______________________________________Birthday_________________

School & Grade _____________________________________________________

How many teachers have you had, & how long have you taken piano lessons?_____________________________________________________________________________________________

What music have you learned & what will you perform for me in this audition? _________________________________

What are your other extra-curricular activities?_____________________________

Will you follow Studio Policies at lessons and at home each day?______________

Weekly Lesson Time_____________________________

Daily Piano Time at home ________________________

Which of these foundation areas have you studied?

Theory___Technique___Rhythm/counting/metronome___Ear Training___Sight- reading___Fingering___Phrasing___Improvising___Composing___Memorizing__

What is your goal as a pianist?__________________________________________

Parent/Guardian Information

Name__________________________________________Phone_______________

Address______________________________E-mail________________________

Why do you want to change teachers?____________________________________

How many children in your home?______________________________________

Who plays the piano in your family?_____________________________________

What are your goals for your child as a piano student?_______________________

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Will you ensure that your child practices 5 days/week?_______________________

Does your child have any learning challenges (ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Autism, etc.), or difficulty focusing or paying attention that I need to know about? __________________________________________________________________

What kind of piano do you have?________________________________________

If acoustic, do you have a regular tuner?__________________________________

What expectations do you have of me as a piano teacher?____________________

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Signatures__________________________________________________________

AIM, FESTIVALS, PIANO MARVEL, STUDIO POLICIES

FEBRUARY 28, 2021 – FREE PIANO MARVEL Solo, Ensemble, Concerto VIDEO Festivals (See http://www.youtube.com – SEARCH: cheryl norman piano – Channel – Videos) 

MARCH 20, 2021 (Sat.) AIM Performances

POLICIES:

Curriculum –  Piano Performance, Technic (finger articulations, wrist & arm gestures), Theory, Sightreading, Ear Training, Composition, Music History-  + ENCORE Solos, Ensembles & Concertos — Utah Music Teacher’s Association – 10 Level Achievement in Music Program.IMG_2854

Books – “Scales ‘n Stuff” by Jane Calder;  FLASHCARDS;  Older students: Alfred – Complete Book of Scales, Chords, Arpeggios, etc.;  HANON – 60 Virtuoso Exercises; Music Series & Repertoire Books. PIANO ADVENTURES by Faber & Faber, etc. APPLAUSE I & II (Olsen) TheoryFundamentals of Piano Theory by Snell and Ashleigh, & AIM Level Black Binders;

*** Tuition will be the same for each month (3, 4, or 5 weeks of lessons) in the month- due first lesson of each month.   Payments: VENMO: Janice Cheryl Norman or check to: Cheryl Norman 

FEES, FESTIVAL, and AIM Registrations FEES are all due in October:  

Fall Registration–$30.00 per family (Recitals, Tuning, Technology , Trophies, Xeroxing, etc.)  

Piano Explorer Magazine – – – $7.00    per family

PIANO MARVEL FESTIVALS – -FREE  – Each event, Solo, Ensemble, Concerto.

ENCORE  Festivals – – – – – – – $15.00 – (Ensemble – $15.00, Solo – $15.00,  Concerto – $15.00)  

AIM (UMTA) – — – – – – – – – – $25.00 – Fall, Winter, Spring Testing—all students ($30.00 Summer Testing)

UMTA State Concerto – – – – – $30.00 – Feb.(Winners-Assembly Hall-SLC)

  • http://www.pianomarvel.com = Students sign up SASR (Sightreading), Rhythms, Technic, & Repertoire 
  • COMPOSING notation software – http://www.musescore.org (2.0=Free) Write compositions on paper then transfer to the software.  UMTA-MTNA Composition Competition-Fees Due before September 1 with 3 Copies of Original Composition and 3 CD’s or Tapes of Performance of Original Composition  (Fees vary annually)       

Daily PRACTICE of Assignments: Beginners – ½ hr./day.    Levels 3-6–45 min./day;  Intermediate to Advanced—1 Hour–1 1/2 Hours/day.  Make a Practice Chart Calendar.  Praise and Rewards! 

***TROPHIES: 3 ways to earn a Trophy:  1) Student sight reads 100 songs (Hymns are best);  2) Solo Recital – Student performs 8 memory songs in a Solo Recital.  3) Practice 100 days in a row — assignments from lessons (3+ months).  Students who achieve all three will receive a large trophy!

*** Performance & Recitals – Performing is a skill! TEN performances before Festivals & Competitions at neighbors and friends will help students perform their best.  Music is the art of Listening.  Attend concerts,  listen  to the songs they are learning on YOU TUBE or CD’s.

*** PARENT-Teacher Conferences. Parents/students make a Practice Chart on Bulletin Board and mark daily practice. Praise and Reward students for consistent practice.   Give positive, constructive tips to your child.  Parents may attend a student’s lessons–especially for beginners. 

     I have been so impressed with the great amount of care and time that parents invest in their students which inspires our musical journey together!                      

Cheryl Peterson Norman

cherylnorman.nctm@gmail.com  Phone/Text:  801-636-5620    www.utahmta.org & www.mtna.org

UMTA Student Chapter (www.utahmta.org) annual for Student Teachers–Download Application, Fill out and Send with Fees to:   Sandra Preysz, 2174 East Lonsdale Drive, SLC, UT 84121

PARENTS PRAISE CHILDREN’S MUSIC MAKING. . .

PRAISE student’s music making. BRAVO! YOU’RE AWESOME! I LOVE THAT SONG, PLAY IT AGAIN FOR ME! YOU ARE A GENIUS PLAYING SUCH HARD MUSIC! THAT’S BEAUTIFUL! (After much PRAISE, a gentle, occasional suggestion will usually be happily accepted. Weekly Rewards help too!)

My teaching Philosophy is: MUCH PRAISE & many BRAVOS + gentle suggestions.

1. Have the piano be in a room with no distractions (no TV, etc.) so students concentrate better. Avoid noisy activities during practice times. Students: leave cell phones in another room. 

2. Equipment and Services:  Pianos need to be tuned-at least twice each year.  Piano tuners:  Brigham Larson – 801-830-0011, or Glen Monson – 801-226-6837.  Free metronome APPS for your iPhone and iPad.  Also, student’s music can be purchased at Day Murray Music–136 East Main, Lehi or Best In Music – 444 West 800 North, Orem.

3. Make a chart like the one below for students to write daily practice times. Try to avoid low energy times for practicing, which like practicing a sport, requires energy and IMG_2874-Abbie & Debbie_edited-1concentration. Students can begin at different parts of assignments each day.

4. Reward and complement students for practicing each day–Can you pay them at the end of each week with money to purchase their clothes, school supplies, etc? Many families already do this. Or use other Rewards that fit your needs. 

5. Most students should be practicing 1/2 to 1 hour each day. This includes, scales, chords, arpeggions, songs & written Theory assignments. (Practice 30 minutes, break, then 30 more minutes).  Practice small sections: (RH, LH, HT Slow to fast), then add sections together. 

6. HOW TO LEARN NEW SONGS:  Posture at Piano:  back straight, feet flat on the floor, curved fingers; Melodies: Phrasing/Voicing/Balance; Rhythms: Tap & Count Aloud, Metronome; Harmonic Chord Progressions:  Chords/Inversions & Dynamics; Form Analysis: Sections & Patterns (Repetition, Contrast, Variation); Correct Fingering, Gestures (Natural moves with flow & grace): Row in—Row out, Wrist Circles, Wrist Slurs  ↓   ↑  , Detached bounce (Baroque); Foot Pedal–Syncopated Pedal,  Finger Pedal; Rubato=waves that swell & diminish.

7. Memorizing includes–Touch, Sound, Sight, Mental focus-understanding Form & Chords, and ability to stop anywhere in the song and go to different sections by memory.  Repetition of small sections (like saying each line of a poem aloud 5-10 times–then altogether) helps greatly.

8. Review memorized songs daily: 1. with music & 2. by memory. Perform often for others – relatives, company, Church occasions, friends. The more they perform the easier it becomes.

9. VIDEO STUDENTS when they practice and when a song is memorized.  I will video songs in lessons and classes.   With permission I will post the best videos on the  private YouTube Channel on this Website.

10. Students can have fun with their musical talents by improvising on Hymns and popular songs, and composing.

 PRACTICE TIMES MON.-TUES. WED. – THURS. FRI.-SAT.
6:30 AM    
7:30  AM              
 8:00 AM              
   
 MID-DAY      
 
2:00  PM
3:00  PM              
4:00  PM               
5:00  PM                             
                              
7:00  PM               
7:30  PM
                    

Success is defined as the point where preparation meets opportunity. – (Parents = Practice Coach –Play one hand while student plays other, etc.)

LONG TERM GOALS:  1.  Memorize EIGHT SOLOS and learn TWO DUETS and give a SOLO RECITAL  2.  COMPOSE your own song by making up new sounds on the piano—with REPETITION, VARIATIONS & CONTRASTING SECTIONS.   3.  COMPOSER REPORT EACH MONTH on the Composer of your Performance Song.  AIM”  GOALS:  1.  Daily sightread a new song  until you reach 100 songs  2. Write ONE page in Theory Book  3. Copy FOUR measures of music  4.  Play Scales, Chords, Arpeggios   5.  Memorize assigned Solos.

 

Certification – NCTM

The 5 Certification Projects for Teachers are listed on:  http://www.mtnacertification.org/process/teacher-profile-projects/piano-overview/. Monthly Classes are conducted by Cheryl Norman-NCTM.

Certification Class -2014: 1. Jill Gubler, 2. Mariah Dawe, 3. Marilyn Mitchell 4. Cindy Hartley, 5. Michele Randall, 6. Jan Chamberlin,  7. JiYoung Johnson, 8 Rachel Mecham, 9. Michelle Holmes, 10. Shauna Potts

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Jill Gubler         Cindy Hartley                 Michele Randall     Jan Chamberlin

Certification Easiest Projects (1, 5, 4) to Most Comprehensive (3, 2).  All Projects will be prepared as Computer Documents.

Projects   #1 -Teaching Philosophy (Due Nov. 6, 2014)  #5 – Business Ethics & Studio Policy (Due Dec. 4, 2014)  #4 – Teaching Environment (Due Jan. 8, 2015)
Project #3Present your Teaching(Feb.-Mar, 2015) Video tape (or iPad videos) 3 lessons you teach (15 min. each-same student-same piece from 1-beginning, 2-progress, and 3-performance of the piece).  Video yourself performing 5-7 minutes (Level 7-10 music from Mcgrath’s lists) – – 3 months.
Project #2 Analysis of Four Teaching Pieces (April-May, 2015) sent from MTNA Certification office (Ohio).
This 9 month Certification course will be organized as follows:

Please plan to observe a Certified Teacher (& give suggestions) who will give you permission to observe.

Sincerely,

J. Cheryl Norman – NCTM;  MTNA – Southwest Division Director-Elect, Board of Directors – 2010-2014;  MTNA – SPAC Chairman – 2006-2007, National Certification Comm. – 2007-2010;  UtahMTA State President 2004-2006;  Adjunct Professor of Piano– Utah Valley University 1995-2008;  MM: Piano Performance/Pedagogy—BYU – 1994

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Certification Class Project – October 2013: Marci Bliss, Janie Jones, Susan Nicholes, Cheryl Merrell

PURCHASE CASIOS (61 keys) at TARGET for $50.00 the day after Thanksgiving (Online purchase).

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University of Hawaii – April, 2013. Cheryl Norman with Dr. Wendy Yamashita: MTNA Certification Commissioner for Southwest Division beginning March, 2014. Dr. Yamashita is a graduate of Juilliard School of Music in NY. Norman presented Certification classes to Dr. Yamashita’s Pedagogy students at the University of Hawaii, then judged a day long Music Competition at the Punahou Private School with MTNA Director-Elect Helen Chao-Casano.