Preparatory C (from 5+). Lesson 7
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Basic characteristics of attention
I have so much important information for you! I worked with my musical / piano method for decades and noticed the success of my students in various fields of study, not just music. Piano keys are the best tool for brain training, if you know how to use them properly.
It does not matter whether you are a musician or not. My system will help you learn not only music, but your child's unique features of the mind.
So, today I will tell you about the basic characteristics of attention.
Why children are inattentive?
How does the attention of children of preschool age really work?
What are the most effective ways to develop children's attention?
Using the Hiner method, you can measure your child’s focus level using exact numbers as well as develop his or her attention span from scratch, even if the child is just 2 years old.
With the Soft Mozart software, you can get a better picture of how each stage of attention span development works for a beginning student. Professional teachers will also be able to more accurately assess the degree of readiness of student attention span to solve major problems in music learning.
Read more about our findings below and draw your own observations with the help of our materials and tools. Recording and analyzing the results will give you a better understanding of this article as well as will help you track your student’s work progress through exact numbers.
What is Attention?
Attention is energy directed towards solving a specific problem.
What are the kinds of problems faced by attention?
Problems are divided into physical and superstructural.
Physical problems are objective challenges towards which the energy of attention is used first. These include specifics of sensory perception associated with physiological and neuropsychological human limitations.
Physiological human limitations include the following:
- ability to hear a certain number of sound wave oscillations;
- ability to see with a certain amount of light;
- ability to control one’s muscles in a particular way, etc.
Neurophysiology's limitations include the following:
- particular functions of human nervous system;
- psychology of perception;
- developmental hierarchy of neural connections in human brain.
A lack of understanding of the essence of physical characteristics of the student's attention can lead to unrealistic requirements, which, in turn, can affect his confidence, self-esteem, and result in frustration and loss of motivation to learn.
Thus, if the student's attention is fully engaged in finger coordination development, by demanding to pay attention to rhythm as well as to nuances, we purposelessly overload his brain.
Naturally, a baby’s strongest fingers are his index (pointing to others) finger and his thumb (pointing to oneself). With the help of 3D equipment, by observing a baby’s development in a mother’s womb, we can see how he prepares himself to suck mother's milk with the help of the thumb and the index finger. After birth, he makes extensive use of the index finger during the pre-speech period to show what he wants.
That is exactly why the Gentle Piano Module emphasizes playing with the index finger at initial stages of learning.
Even professional pianists face physical problems. Thus, attention of a concert pianist is first concentrated on the degree of impact force depending on how "tight " or "light" the piano keys are, the specific nuances of using a pedal, the acoustics of a concert hall, and so on.
Just like a driver must first adapt to a new car, a pianist must get used to a new instrument.
Super-structural problems are mostly associated with our abstract thinking: the ability to analyze, evaluate, make decisions, impact action, and create.
Example: once an artists overcomes physical problems and adapts to his instrument, he can pay closer attention to solving super structural (creative) problems. He can concentrate on artistic interpretation, image, and character of a music piece.
By the same token, the driver who got used to his new car, can pay closer attention to directions, conversations with passengers or listening to music.
The energy of attention can be compared to that of money. This analogy makes it easier to understand how it is distributed and how it works.
1. "Chromatic Scale": learn to play with the right hand within one octave from DO to DO:
2. Mastering the exercise "Rainbow" from Gentle Piano® -
Альбом First Steps Level 0.1: play PH and without computer.
Move the hand in a rainbow over the other hand:
3. Piano Hand Position Exercises by Olga Egorova: 'Stretching over the piano'. Keep practicing.
4. «Spookie Wind Song» - keep practicing
1. Note Alphabet®: record a short video of this module this week and publish a link in your progress diary for the credit towards your Diploma.
2. Note row from Ti: sing a track of the song, memorize and place the cards in order:
3. Repeat all the previous rows. Place cards in order and recite the rows forward and backwards.
If your child is developing faster or slower than our plans suggest, we recommend writing to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to start working with our certified specialists.
1. Music sight-reading/sight-singing -
Gentle Piano®- Nursery Songs Primer. Play and sing London Bridge - R1, R3, L1, L3, P1, P3
2. Piano piece for mastering:
Introductory Songs: "French Song" - continue to work on memorization. Right hand R - RH, left hand L-LH and two hands P-PH
Try to make the minimum number of errors with the minimum time delay.
3. Continue to improve the performance of the Hot Cross Buns piece with and without a computer.
1. Keep working on the ТEASER: Gentle Piano®: E. Humperdinck “Slumber Song” find in the Favorite Classics Primer Album
2. Keep watching the story "What it takes to make mistakes?"
3. Keep finding different interpretation of the "Slumber Song" on the Internet
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.
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