Preparatory C (from 5+). Lesson 18
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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
You should also understand that keyboards and piano can be a starting point for learning any other instrument.
The keys in the Soft Mozart system are a starting tool for developing hearing, musical literacy, memory, fine motor skills and coordination. Having mastered the basics, the child can choose any other instrument to taste. The base obtained with the Soft Mozart program will help him master the mechanics and other complex skills for extracting sound on any instrument.
Learning to press 3 keys at the same time - or play triads. We call this exercise "Three Sisters - Three Brothers" or Triads. We play it from the keys Do
If the DO is blue, then we build a triad on all the "blue" keys - Do-Mi-Sol and sing a song about boys.
If the DO is red, then we build triads on all the "red" keys and sing a song about girls.
Here is a fragment of the lesson where the teacher teaches the beginner to play triads:
2. Exercises for setting hands O.M. Egorova "Sharp pencil". Repetition
Treble Staff Puzzle®
We continue to work on the module, adhering to the same time period. We write down the result.
1. Reading from a sheet: Nursery Primer. Mary Had a Little Lamb - we play R, L and P for 2, 4, 5 and 6 presentations (no pictures). If possible, sing solfeggio.
2. Continue to improve the performance of the piece "Jolly Old Saint Nicholas" - play with and without a computer, with and without TUTORIAL VIDEOS.
Be sure to record a video performance of the play.
3. Gentle Piano®- Пьеса для исполнения. Favorite Classic 1 "Musette": R, L, P
1. TEASER: L.V. Beethoven I part of the symphony No. 5. Fate theme. Play R and L and P
2. Find online and listen to new interpretations of the piece.
Visit our Soft Mozart forum and start your progress diary here.
Use the current year section. This is the place for you to ask questions and share your experiences.
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.
Always check here, if we have any recital! You and your child will benefit a lot from participating in our concerts!
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