Preparatory B (from 3 to 5). Lesson 17
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Are you getting to know your toddler even better after following my course? Today in our pedagogy class we will talk about
The Best Instrument for Lessons
Do you already know what am I going to say? Now, after several months of practicing you will agree that...
The best instrument for first music lessons, with small preschool children, is a 61 key synthesizer, that does not have weighted keys. This should be the most simple instrument, without back lighting or optional features: they distract the child from the task at hand.
If your family already has an acoustic Piano, its a good idea using it in the future.
Without noticeable progress the desire to learn music quickly disappears in the child.
If your family already have a digital instrument with weighted keys, try to use it in moderation. Often children between 24-36 months are unable to control their strength when pressing the keys down. They cannot manage, the construction of coordination tasks and pressing down the keys properly simultaneously. It is necessary to have an instrument that has keys which respond to a light touch, i.e.: the most simple synthesizer.
I’ve had many students who later became professional musicians and successful people, who started their music journey with a 61-keys keyboard in a small group. Their parents wanted to make sure that music classes were effective for their children. This is a realistic and correct way to approach music education.
If you have concerns or preservation, read my article about digital keyboards vs acoustic pianos here
Hanon # 1 Exercise
This is the "ignition key" for a machine called a hand.
Hanon helps to go through all the white keys using all the fingers in turn. It teaches perception an important lesson: "The ocean of keys is not that big and you can swim across it."
It shows you how to move around the keyboard space in a circular motion, and how stretching (jumping over one keyboard) helps you move on.
Watch the video instruction about how to play this exercise:
1.Print out the following pictures and help your child to have fun playing it. But don't push him/her to do it!
We call this exercise "the Caterpillar":
Put your thumb on any key. Skip the next key and say “skip,” and then go in order towards your pinkie and say: one, two, three.
And then from the pinkie march with your fingers backwards:
And say “four, five, six, seven.”
As you see, your thumb is now on the next key! Start this all over again and again!
Keep working on the Note Alphabet®
Withstand the same time, stop the module and record the number of coins that have fallen into the basket.
Watch that the number of coins in the basket gradually increases.
If there are no positive dynamics, give your child less time to work with the module.
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1. Repeat all of your previous piano pieces
2. 2. "A New Year's Tree"- mastering the piece with the help of the TEACHING VIDEOS.
With a metronome:
With no metronome:
3. "Ode to Joy" - R1, R3, L1, L3, P1, P3 - keep singing the right hand solfeggio for better memorization
4. Music Sight-Reading. ТИЗЕР for the "Arabic Dance" from the "Nitcracker" ballet by Peter Tchaikovsky. Download the LMZ file and add it to the Gentle Piano Song Library.
Play R1 and L1
Find on the Internet "Arabic dance" from the ballet "Nutcracker" in orchestral performance.
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