minstrel: Happy New Year

FinellaSCA at aol.com FinellaSCA at aol.com
Thu Jan 2 21:02:45 PST 1997


You are so right about learning the piano first/concurrently! Not only will
they thank you for it later, it also gives you a good visual aid to use when
you get to more complicated concepts like intervals. If you don't have access
to a piano, even a construction-paper keyboard will help, as long as you have
another instrument to play the intervals on so they can _hear_ what they
sound like. Never underestimate your students' ears. Even the most musically
untrained person has often soaked in enough background music over the course
of their lifetime that they can hear a lot more than they think.
Additionally, when you're starting them on rhythyms/note values, don't be
afraid to play those cheesy "clapping the rhythym" games from elementary
school. It really reinforces both visually and physically what you're trying
to teach them.


Sorry about all that blathering. This is a subject near and dear to me that
I've had a lot of experience with. Good luck to you! :)




Finella Harper



"Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis"-Ralph Waldo Emerson

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