Preparatory C (from 5+). Lesson 17
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I hope you find time in your busy schedule to make music with your child. I know it's not easy!
In our Pedagogy class today, we will learn a little about ...
Stages of development of piano skills using two hands.
Something that both teachers and parents should know about.
Development of finger awareness.
As it was already written earlier, the child's fingers acquire independence and require further development as early as 2 years of age.
In principle, the child can count his fingers, give them names, but he does it slowly, aloud or silently repeating the sequence.
To develop this skill more effectively, we follow the practice of temporarily linking fingers to note names. So, in the right hand, the fingers from the thumb to the little finger are called, for example, Do Re Mi Fa and Sol.
Both at school and at home, teachers and parents should conduct regular exercises to feel each finger.
Additional game (if necessary):
If your child still has problems with awareness of fingers, you can buy plasticine, make holes in it - houses for each finger. Immerse the child’s fingers there and ask one or another finger to “get out of the house” (mirror, door, etc.).
You can circle the child's hands on green and brown sheets of paper, cut and paste the names of each finger. This is another fun and creative way to increase your child's finger awareness.
Playing with the program Gentle Piano requires the baby to develop visual-motor coordination in the first place. Only then will the child be able to focus on a new task: fingering or fine motor control.
For beginners at the beginning of training, any fingering is correct.
Our primary task is to build a child's simultaneous work of vision, hearing, motor skills and voice, so that he can easily find the note and the key corresponding to it, hear the sound being extracted and sing it.
Until. as long as the child plays from note to note and the search time (EHS) exceeds the number of notes played, we must understand that the child's eye-hand-span is in a state of development.
Teaching children of primary school age fingering at the beginning of work on a work is not only a difficult task, but also completely useless. As mentioned earlier, choosing a comfortable sequence of fingers should be a conscious action.
Furthermore, it is better to let the child listen to the whole play, but work on a small fragment. For children with great difficulties in developing coordination, from 1 to 3 notes can be allocated for work!
The main rule here is a reasonable sequence. You can’t let your child have breakfast, lunch and dinner at the same time, at the same time?
We prepare in advance so that the child can correctly choose which fingers to use, through work on awareness of the names of fingers, playing exercises and pieces for gentle piano. As soon as the child develops fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination, he easily finds the “correct” fingers himself or willingly listens to our advice on which fingers to use.
In this video, the child himself came to the correct use of fingers after his skills in playing the piece improved.
It is necessary to overcome the "traditional music teacher syndrome" in yourself and allow the child to press the keys in a way that is convenient. You need to learn how to patiently wait until the child wants to change something and include all the remaining fingers in his game.
Here is another amazing video in which the child flatly refuses to follow the correct fingering at the beginning of training. Watch the video to the end and you will see that with the Soft Mozart system, imposing the correct fingering does not lead to any bad consequences:
1.Exercise Ganon No. 1 - play and sing every note.
2. Exercises for setting hands O.M. Egorova "Sharp pencil". This exercise helps students feel the sharpness of their fingertips using a small area of the unsharpened part of the pencil. This is how the pianist's fingers should touch the keys of the instrument.
3. We repeat all the previous exercises. We record video performance of some of them.
Treble Staff Puzzle®
Use Left or Right arrow on the computer keyboard to place music notes on corresponding lines and spaces of the Bass or 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.
All Italian names have special mnemonic symbols to recognize and remember note names:
...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 modules train and develop a basic skill in music reading - to attribute any note name to a corresponding line on the Bass and Treble staves. 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!
For children from 5 years old, the time interval of the game is from 5 to 10 minutes of playing time.
1. Reading from a sheet: Nursery Primer. Ten Little Indians - we play R, L and P for 2, 4, 5 and 6 presentations (no pictures). If possible, sing solfeggio.
2. Gentle Piano®- A play to be performed. Christmas Carols: Jolly Old Saint Nickolas: learn how to play with single and two hands with TUTORIAL VIDEOS.
3. Gentle Piano®- Пьеса для исполнения. Favorite Classic 1 "Musette": R1, R3, L1, L3
1.TEASER: L.V. Beethoven I part of the symphony No. 5. Fate theme. Download LMZ file and put in the library
Play R and L
2. Listen to the 1st part of Symphony No. 5 in an orchestral performance:
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