Preparatory A (from 2+). Lesson 45
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It is hard to believe how much information, exercises, piano pieces and music masterpieces we went through this year! I hope you enjoyed this course; you and your toddler developed very special, creative bond with the help of music.
In our Pedagogy class today we are going to talk about...
Physical Problems in Concrete Measurements with Soft Mozart technology.
In the Gentle Piano Module (presentations 1 to 5), the timer is the delay indicator that reflects the physical difficulties of a beginner.
If the rate of delay (in the lower right corner of the screen) is much higher than the number of notes played correctly (in the lower left corner of the screen), it means that the student’s attention is overloaded with physical problems.
What steps you have to make to prevent your child from getting frustrated?
To release attention, the following has to be done:
- Change the presentation view to the level more comfortable for the eye.
- Suggest your child to play one hand at a time
- Cut the text (down to 1 note, if necessary, in one hand).
Playing the keyboard with "weighted keys" and traditional sheet music without visual cues is the most challenging for attention, which leads to increase in time delay and higher number of mistakes. In contrast, playing synthesizer with stickers in a light key mode on level 1 of visual presentation is the least challenging.
Spending attention on physical tasks is an objective problem that can not be ignored in working with the music notation.
To avoid putting the student's attention in “frustration mode,” it is essential to watch the timer closely: the lower the number the better the result.
All exercises including TRIADS.
1. Keep practicing CHORDS
Use Left or Right arrow on the computer keyboard to place music notes on corresponding lines and spaces of the Treble staff. Use the Space key to make a note fall faster if the note is in the correct position. The correctly positioned note images compose a picture and give you points. Every completed picture opens a part of the portrait of Mozart in the right part of the screen. You have 49 different pictures to open Mozart's portrait and finish the module. Beginners should start by only playing for a short time. Please, contact our professionals for your customized guide lines playing this module!
Computer control keys
LEFT arrow - Move falling notes left or down.
RIGHT arrow - Move falling notes right or up.
Space key - Make note fall faster.
A - Switch the program to Alphabetic (A, B, C ...) note names
I - Switch the program to Italian (Solfeggio: Do, Re, Mi...) note names
Ctr-X - Exit the program.
Note name convention
Soft Mozart®uses both Alphabetical music notation - C, D, E, F, G, A and B,
and “Solfeggio” or Italian music notation - Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La and Ti.
To switch to the Alphabetical name convention press computer key A.
To switch to the Italian name convention press computer key I.
...the use of the Italian (Solfeggio) note name convention by any beginner or child. Its note symbols are very easy to identify and remember, even by those who can't read yet. And most importantly, Italian note names are specially designed for singing. The singing of note names helps any beginner to form a crucial musical skill to connect a pitch of a note with its name, and tie together his or her ear, voice and brain.
- Play several notes in a row correctly (the number depends on the module stage) and the program will switch to the next level of difficulty. You will get more points for every correctly played note, but the notes will move faster.
- If you make two mistakes in a row, the module will switch to a lower level of difficulty.
These module trains and develops a basic skill in music reading - to attribute any note name to a corresponding line on the Treble staff. The original design asks the player for a momentary reaction in recognizing correct lines. In the advanced level only the subconscious vision of the correspondence of lines and notes may help the player finish the module successfully. An advanced student can finish this module in 25 minutes (13 minutes module time); beginners should start by only playing for a short time. Please, contact our professionals for your customized guidelines for playing this module!
Nocturne Op.9 #2 by Chopin. LMZ file for your library is here
1. Add the file to your SONGS library
2. Play the piece with separate and 2 hands
3. Ask your toddler to place the cards in the order
4. Ask your toddler to play Right, Left or both hands of the theme. Don't push!
5. Keep practicing all piano pieces and make video recording
Keep video recording all the activities for your certificate and diploma.
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 this week spending quality time with your child, beautiful music and creativity!
Sincerely yours, Hellene Hiner.