Preparatory B (from 3 to 5). Lesson 6
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It is time to learn a little about your home environment creation for the music lessons with your toddler.
Today we are going to learn the best practices in organizing your learning/teaching space.
Did you set aside a certain area in your home for music lessons? Hopefully, this place can be kept entirely for this purpose. Music education is going to be part of your household now, and in an ideal world your child should have access to our program all the time.
It should be as accessible as their favorite games, toys or books. Therefore, if you have an old computer (so old that you already thinking of throwing it out), connect it to your keyboard or digital piano and dedicate this machine entirely for music lessons. Our software doesn’t require much memory or extra gadgets. Even 10-year-old computer could work well. If you do not have such a computer, ask your friends or relatives. They may be very grateful that you can help them to get rid of their ‘piece of junk’ or ‘dust collector’.
The rule of thumb here is to have as much fun as possible during the process of learning and maintain a regular practice schedule.
Do not ever compare your results with the results of other people on our forum. There is no need to cry: «Оh my, we are so far behind!» When you are learning music, your initial progress might be fast or it might be slow.
I have heard many stories of people who have started very slow and then found their footing and progressed so much that nobody and nothing would dare to stop them. The goal of your learning is personal growth. The program is built for you and you are competing with nobody, but yourself!
In order to teach a child the Chromatic Scale with ease, let's start with the shorter and more simple version of it - from the "Spookie Wind":
1. It will take only three white and two black keys.
2. Show your child, which finger is the "white cat" and which is "black key"
3. Let him/her play on their own
4. Let the kids to play as many times as they want!
We created a video for you. Let's call it «Spookie Wind Song»!
1. Listen to the song, sing and place the notes in order from Do, Re and Mi.
2. Lay out the rows of notes from Do, Re and Mi in the forward and backward direction.
3. Lay out the rows of notes and turn over some of the cards. Chant the order to the "missing" cards.
Video example of a student:
1. Hot Cross Buns - play R, RH, L, LH, P and PH on 1 or 3
2. French Song - Play R, L and P
3. Music Sight-Reading: E. Humperdinck “Slumber Song” - find in the Album Favorite Classics Primer
Ask a child to play L - left hand.
Check out the story "What it takes to make mistakes?"
In the story you will hear Humperdink's music - the "Slumber Song"
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At least 2 photos and 1-2 videos of the listed activities will count towards your child's credits for the graduation DIPLOMA. Please upload the video to You Tube, copy the address from the BROWSER window and paste it into your Progress Diary. Do not forget to indicate the year and type of work in the description of your Soft Mozart Academy photo / video.
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