Preparatory A (from 2+). Lesson 33
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Today in our Pedagogy class we are going to learn more about:
The Magical Number Seven
Please, remember the amount of maximum elements for your child's memory. Don't expand the number 7!
The best practice for this age is 5+/- 2
When we give your child to practice with more notes/cards, we are helping him to expand his memory with the help of music.
Today I am going to explain you about visual perception of the Grand Staff in accordance with this golden rule:
Let's take a closer look at the music score and apply this rule to lines and spaces:
The ten thin lines of the grand staff are barely distinguishable to the unprepared eye. It is well known that a person can follow no more than seven homogeneous objects with his gaze. And seven, only if he’s really pushing it! But the spaces between the lines are also ‘lines’ in music notation. A child is expected to keep up with not ten, but as a minimum, twenty-two objects! He has to navigate an entire jungle of lines and spaces… and hardly has any reference points.
To keep my beginners from getting lost in this maze, I have numbered each line in the treble and bass clefs with the digits 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. The supplementary line for the middle Do got the number 0. Contrary to the traditional practice, the lines of the bass clef are numbered from top to bottom; this makes more sense.
The music staff represents a thermometer, with the 0 in the middle. The music system is quite symmetrical, like a mirror, or a numerical scale. The second Do and the Do of the minor octave are located between lines 3 and 4. I tinted these spaces a light bluish-gray color, making both of these Dos additional places of reference.
Open your Gentle Piano program and press B on your computer keyboard. You will see that the space between 3rd and 4th lines will become blue. Press B again to remove it! Use this option to give your nd your toddler's eyes some break, when reading becomes a challenge.
This option works for all the visual modes from 1 to 6.
Thus, the grand staff has been visually separated into four sections. In each of them, there are only 5-6 lines and spaces; it is much easier to keep up with them now. With this image, the territory of the grand staff is simplified for familiarization! The intimidating ‘scary’ 10 lines and 12 spaces quickly become ordinary space.
Only after all 22 note lines are familiarized can work begin on the supplementary lines. Until the skill of reading the ordinary lines is worked out, how can the student possibly read the additional ones?
EAR TRAINING TODAY:
Singing the scale from Ti to Ti:
Download and add to your library the theme from Hallelujah by Handel
If you want to take a challenge, find complete version of the piece in your Gentle Piano: Favorite Classic 2
This assignment is for you. You may ask your toddler to help you, but don't push!
1. Play and ask your toddler to play Right and Left hands of the piece
2. Ask your toddler to place the cards as the melody of the Right and Left hands go
Practice all other piano pieces and exercises, modules and card games as you wish.
Here is my catch of the week for you for music appreciation:
At least 2 pictures and 1-2 videos of the listed activity will be counted towards your/your child's credits for graduation DIPLOMA. Please, upload the videos on You Tube, copy the address from the BROWSER window and past it in your Progress Diary. Don't forget to mention in the description of your photo/video Soft Mozart Academy, year and activity.
Enjoy your week!