Several weeks ago, I had a very talented student work on a difficult section of a piece she was preparing. We went through it slowly, broke it down into bite size pieces, sang it the way she wanted to play it, considered many, many fingerings for the left hand and right hand, kept at […]
KinderGuitar’s Little Froggie Songbook is almost here. Please stay tuned!
Each song in the skill building curriculum is presented in our KinderGuitar code (in addition to standard notation) for two main reasons: to make it easy for musically illiterate parents to follow and for parent and children to see how music notation is deconstructed into rhythm and pitch. Each song also has all the […]
Here is a question many parents probably ask themselves when they enroll their children in music lessons: How important is my involvement and how do I do it successfully? The younger the child, the more parental involvement is necessary. Learning to play a musical instrument is much like learning a language or even, perhaps, […]
Repeating musical phrases, groups of notes, entire songs is extremely valuable in developing precise skills on any instrument. I often use soccer analogies to convince students of the value of repetition: if you practice corner kicks, passes, penalty shots, etc., you become a better soccer player. The question for parents is, “whether convinced or […]