Lessons can include a range of musical experiences. I use a variety of techniques to help children understand musical structure, as well as a variety of ways to play songs on their instrument. Students learn differently to each other, with preferred methods of learning. I aim to touch each student’s method regularly, while providing challenges in trying other ways of learning.
For those musical parents, I use solfege, Orff and Kodaly techniques, as well as my own innovative ideas.
Throughout the year, we look at a range of musical aspects:
- Reading music
- Keeping a beat
- Correct posture
- Sight Reading
- Playing by ear
- Styles & Moods
Each session may incorporate:
1. Finger or Warm Up Exercises– it is important to strengthen and loosen the fingers to play well. Finger dexterity and control is a vital component of musical technique, and playing well with comfort and ease.
2. Sight Reading– helps students learn to read music easily, and can include music cards, flash cards, landmark cards, music under their current playing capacity (students can play at a more advanced level than they can read)
3. Theory (practical or written)- helps students understand music structure. May include practical musicianship activities, Journal Entries, fun written exercises, composition, arranging a piece, percussion, games, quizzes
4. Project Song—a piece of music which is challenging for the student, which they work on over a period of time. The student will concentrate on one of the aspects of music listed above as we focus on it during class. If in a group situation, this song may differ from student to student.
5. Musicianship– improvisation, composition, body percussion, music mark ups, rote learning.
Lessons may also incorporate Mental Fitness Exercises (based on kinesiology), which helps to warm up the brain and body, encourages coordination and aids in relaxing the student in preparation for learning. Neuro Linguistic Programming techniques are sometimes used throughout the program, to best aid learning.
Within this lesson structure, various components of music are then explored (see the aspects list above).
Your student’s Journal, Starter Pack, and Organisational Folder will be presented to students during their first lesson. Method and theory books will usually be purchased once I get to know the learning style and pace of your child, and will be charged on a separate invoice. Supplementary books and music can be purchased by parents, or the tutor, and charged on term invoices. Other work sheets and music will be provided free of charge– excepting purchased requested sheet music. Parents are free to purchase books as an alternative. Parents may be asked to print pieces or theory sheets through the term, which will be sent via email.
Concerts and Zoom get togethers for the student’s family, peers, class or school may be organised, also.