Preparatory C (from 5+). Lesson 11
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Is your experience with teaching your child music and piano nice and smooth?
Today we will try to learn how to ware different 'hats' being a mom and a teacher at the same time.
For a small child mom – is someone nurturing and taking care of, and a teacher – is someone, who is giving instructions. This is why your child can play up and show off with parents and to be shy, intimidated but cooperative with a teacher.
This is where all the problems of the home schooling come from and sometimes it is way too overwhelming for the parents. Do not be afraid! Merely try to remember simple rules:
1. Make the impersonation into a teacher and a student a ‘ritual’. For instance, change clothes ‘for school’ or place in your home ‘to enter to our classroom’. You also may buy a little bell and make it as a signal for starting the class. It would be also very helpful to ask your baby to wash his/her hands and comb his/her hair ‘for the classes.’
2. Change the tone of your communication. Now you are a Teacher. Please, forget all these nice nicknames for a while. О ласковых прозвищах надо забыть на некоторое время. Treat your child with respect, but do not be harsh.
3. Try do not ask: would you like to play with cards? Just give your student an option to choose. Offer nor more than 2 choices! But the best way is to simply captivate your child’s interest with your own enthusiasm. ‘Music cards – wow! It is so cool! Would you like to play?’
4. Use specific levers of encouragement. If ‘ you are great!’ – let it be a sticker or color figure from construction paper. Always try to find an unexpected opportunity for the encouraging.
For example, your child calmed down and got focused. You give him a ‘present’ and abruptly say: wow! You’ve got concentration! Give the presents for anything: when child stopped talking, became perceptive, stopped wiggling, played one note correctly. This process should be like crocheting or knitting needles: ANY positive moment should be used as a an eyelet for the future growth.
5. Always finish your lessons BEFORE your child got tired and preferably at the most exciting moment.
6. Do not be afraid of stamping on one place. In teaching young children the most important goal is not the result of learning, but maintenance of the desire to learn.
7. If your child is preoccupied with something and doesn’t want to start the class, try to win his attention with your colorful ‘music money’. Get construction paper and make 'butterflies' or 'flags' for that and 'pay' your child for every task that he/she had accomplished for you.
8. If this is not helping either, get yourself to the instrument , learn a piece and give yourself a ‘flag’. Don’t give your spot up to your child immediately after requesting, if asked. You have to send him/her a message that classes are important to you too. Teach your child to value your time. When you are about to end your session, say: ‘Now we are mom and daughter/son again! Let’s count our 'music money' and convert them into real presents! What to use for the presents is up to you.
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!
Guess Key®Continue to work on the module in the set number of minutes and record the result.
1. "Jingle Bells" - play R, RH, L, LH and P, PH. Try to make minimum mistakes with the minimum time lag
2. "A New Year's Tree" - play R1, L1 and P1. Learn to sing right hand solfeggio.
3. Always repeat the previous piano pieces
4. Music sight-reading: Russian Dance from "Nutcracker". Download the LMZ file and add it into the Gentle Piano library.
Play R1 and L1
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