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#26722 - 09/08/02 10:21 AM Re: Games for VERY young students
John Offline
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OK, I better post something on-topic:

For MFLM 1, I would (seriously) sing the major DO-RE-MI pattern and minor LA-TI-DO pattern, since almost EVERY SINGLE PIECE uses these major and minor pitches. Then create a 3 level "staircase" of sorts...or easier...use stairs in your house. Kids love to step up and down in various games.


Singing and stepping simple patterns; later add the skip. Establish DO as
home base, and comment on how we may "move AWAY from home, but we always return there at the end" (or something like that).

Have the child stand on DO, then play RE and ask them to "go where the notes go". I would just toggle between DO and RE until the child can really hear this pattern; don't forget to repeat notes also.

Once the child is secure, play games where you sing a short pattern on a neutral syllable (or play it) and have them step to what you sing. You can also ask for the correct finger patterns that match the stepping pattern. Be sure to run the keyboard also and actually have the child PLAY these patterns.

#26723 - 09/08/02 11:24 AM Re: Games for VERY young students
Jalapeņo Offline
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Lisa: The depressing part is not that this little boy can't do what Little Pepper does. It's that his mother thinks he's a genius. She doesn't yet know that Little Pepper is progressing a lot faster than her little boy, & I'm not about to tell her! When I have my in-studio Christmas recital & she hears Little Pepper play, she'll know. Hopefully, she won't pull her son out of lessons. Still, there's absolutely nothing I can do about parents like that. I just have to keep working with the boy & doing all I can. If she's not happy with that, then tough toenails. I can't rush the boy just because Mommy Dearest thinks he ought to be playing songs ASAP. :rolleyes:

Ali, I would disagree about the 6 months. I think it's longer, in some cases 6 years, or, in John's case, 6 decades!!! :p

Now THAT'S depressing! ;\)

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#26724 - 09/08/02 01:10 PM Re: Games for VERY young students
bethann Offline
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Registered: 10/12/00
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Loc: Nebraska
Oh to have a young student who so quickly learned to find a note...My preschool student is still working on finding her notes with any consistency. But we keep at it. A couple of things I have found to work well.

You know that game where you have to find two matching cards? We play this with alphabet letters and keyboard letter positions. She LOVES it, and always asks to play it and even take it home. I got my cards and the idea from the Big Book of Music Games (not much else worthwhile in there yet, but maybe I haven't tried hard enough.

Keyboard Skittle Races
She LOVES Skittles too, and piano lessons are really a blast when we play Keyboard Skittle Races. I have some cards that say "note before B," or "two notes after C" (you get the picture) and we start at the low end of the piano and "race" our Skittles toward the top. You can also play this as a board game to enhance letter recognition.

You all have some wonderful game ideas. Keep them coming!

#26725 - 09/09/02 06:24 AM Re: Games for VERY young students
Jalapeņo Offline
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Little Pepper really enjoys working on Blue Jello rhythms. We just sit & clap out rhythms straight off the Blue Jello Bingo Game cards. No, sitting & clapping rhythms is not really a game, but Little Pepper thinks it is! Who am I to tell her it's not supposed to be fun? ;\) \:D

As for solfege, Little Pepper sings the solfege syllables just fine without my help, thanks to the fact that she loves the MFLM Discovery CDs & listens to them all the time. She goes around singing the songs. I don't tell her that she has to or anything. She just does it. I don't drill her on that solfege stuff because she's been singing on pitch for a long time, & I honestly don't care whether she learns solfege or not. Solfege is a useful teaching tool for kids who can't carry a tune in a bucket, though.

I'm waiting for my Alfred MFLM 1 & 2 Recital & Halloween book packet to arrive. Little Pepper wants to dress up as Clara Schumann Cat & perform her MFLM pieces in my group classes.

BTW, I wish Alfred didn't sell the MFLM Lesson & Discovery CDs as a set. I don't like the Lesson CDs at all. And while I'm on the subject of MFLM, I just finished whiting out all the finger #'s of every single MFLM Lesson Book 2 piece (except for the 1st finger # for each hand). Little Pepper wasn't paying any attention to the finger #'s; but I decided to get rid of the finger #'s anyway. I just don't think all those finger #'s need to be there!

The lyrics to some of the MFLM Lesson Book 2 pieces are as bad as some of the ones for MFLM Lessons Book 1, :rolleyes: so I'm very thankful that Little Pepper can't read! I just teach her the pieces singing the Blue Jello rhythms & the letter names of the notes.

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#26726 - 09/09/02 06:54 AM Re: Games for VERY young students
Jalapeņo Offline
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There are some teaching aids at Pure Gold Teaching Tools that you might like. Their "Italian Terms for the Musically Inclined" flashcards are cute. Each card has a rhyme on the back to help students remember the term's definition. For example, "Playing fast is playing presto, like chasing your brother when he's a pesto."

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