Q. What equipment is required?
A. Your child will need a piano, digital piano, or keyboard, preferably with weighted keys; a cushion or something to sit on, as well as something under their feet, so they will be at the correct height; and a device with an internal or external microphone and camera. Touch screen is helpful, but not necessary. It should be larger than a phone, so the student can see me well enough to copy what I do.
Q. How quickly should my child progress?
A. This is really unique to every student. My intent is for each student to move at their own pace. Mostly, I want to emphasize that they should not try to move too quickly. Each unit should take at LEAST four days to complete, and up to 14. I want your child to take their time and practice each new skill until it becomes EASY. This will help them to keep building on their knowledge. They need a strong foundation in order to keep building upward. This is why, at the end of every Unit, I will ask them to show me many of the things they have learned. I want to make sure they have retained each skill so that it can be built upon.
Q. What rewards will my child earn in Class Dojo?
A. When a student earns at least 10 points in any given unit of lessons, their Dojo character earns a crown. Other students can see their crown, and it makes them eligible to have their work (including video, with a parent’s permission) featured for others to see! Their character will also earn badges as they master new skills.
Q. What is your teaching method?
A. I am trained and certified in the Suzuki method, but I have used both Suzuki and traditional methods to teach students. This course will utilize sort of a hybrid of the two, so that students will have the benefit of both learning by ear AND reading music.
For those not familiar, the Suzuki method is based very heavily on listening, imitating, and rote learning, with an emphasis on proper technique. There is no instruction in music reading until much later. In my opinion, listening skills are absolutely essential, but waiting too long to introduce note-reading can be problematic and frustrating for the student.. I prefer to teach reading skills alongside the songs found in the Suzuki piano repertoire, which I do teach by ear/rote.
As you may notice, students are able to experience great satisfaction in learning the Suzuki pieces, because they will have the technique to play them well even though they are quite sophisticated. This is because they are able to focus completely on their technique and are not distracted by reading the music. The songs and exercises that they read will be much simpler than the Suzuki repertoire, and they bring a different sort of satisfaction. I believe both are essential.
Q. How will I gain access to the materials?
A. Once you complete your purchase, you will be taken to a Google form where you will enter your email address and answer a few questions. I will email you everything you will need to access the course, along with Class Dojo and Seesaw. You must have a gmail account.
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