Ear training, transposing and learning piano chords.
You will be able to listen and recognize pitch of every sound. In all of the computer modules and materials, included in the "Soft Way to Mozart" music and piano teaching curriculum, the sound plays an important part in the differentiation of the music notes by pitch and intervals. During the entire practice, consciously or subconsciously, you are going to be trained to connect this sound with the corresponding note name, the position of the note on the Grand Staff, and corresponding piano key. Before playing a song, the student can pre-listen to the song as many times as needed.
Moreover, the "Soft Way to Mozart" curriculum allows conduction of advanced ear training such as Solfeggio, and music dictations for all students, including children and beginners. Such musical ear training is usually attributed only to secondary music education, and is omitted by most of the piano teaching methods because of its difficulty, or is neglected as a very important part of music study.
You will be able to sing Solfeggio. You can hardly work with music elements without naming them, so all music sounds have names. The ability to connect those names to music pitches is the base of music literacy. This means that you can easily read music, "hear" any music in your mind by looking at a music score, and reproduce it by singing or playing. Or you can catch any melody by ear, and write it down using music notation.
To acquire this skill, the "Soft Way to Mozart" piano learning curriculum uses Solfeggio - a very important part of any serious music education. Solfeggio is based on the singing of a melody by using names of music notes. We recommend you to use sounds of music names Do-Re-Mi-Fa-Sol-La-Ti, specially designed for singing, and accepted worldwide for music notation in the last nine hundreds year. The singing of note names will help you to form the crucial musical skill of connecting a pitch of a note with its name, and tying his or her ear together with the voice and brain. Our music perception involves our vocal apparatus as well as the auditory one - whenever we hear or play a melody, we also sing along with it inside of our mind.
You will get best ear training ever. It is very effective to use our Gentle Piano™ visual and interactive sheet music, when you sing music notes while playing a song on the piano. You can choose which hand to play, and sing the melody only for the right, left, or both hands. The special pictures representing note names help even small children name the music notes, and the complementary sound of every note played on the piano provides an ideal pitch for singing it correctly. With our software, a beginner or child is able to practice Solfeggio long before they can actually read music. Singing the song not only improves their musical ear, but helps them to memorize the melody. During this Solfeggio exercise, the student's ear, voice, reading skills and memory are developed and supported together.
For Solfeggio, you can use any song from the Gentle Piano™ song library. We recommend you start with simple pieces with a clearly defined melody in one of the hands, for example, from the song books Solfeggio and chords (available from Version 2_5 and up).
You will be able to transpose. Before playing, you can pre-listen to the piece as many times as needed using the Gentle Piano™ visual and interactive sheet music. By hearing the sound of the song, you activate your memory, and prepare your reading and playing skills for a conscious reproduction of the song rather than just the mechanical memorization.
You always can choose the option to hide all of the notes for the left, right or both hands. We recommend you to try playing the song using your memory and musical ear, while our interactive program assists you in difficult places, making memorization and ear training highly productive for you. For ear training, you choose a song with a simple and clearly defined melody, pre-listen to it several times, and try to reproduce it on the piano by memory using interactive support of the Gentle Piano™ visual and interactive sheet music visual and interactive sheet music.
In our curriculum we also have a developed course of teaching you how to transpose melodies and chords to different tunes.
You will learn how to play with chords. Our piano software is suited for training the basic musical chords. You will be able to pick the right chords for different melodies by ear. We recommend that you start to learn the chords with the songs from the song books Solfeggio and Chords in our Song Library. They contain simple songs with a clearly defined melody in the right hand, and a set of basic chords in the left hand. With the Gentle Piano™ visual and interactive sheet music, you can pre-listen to a song, and, using the option to hide the music notes, to play the correct chords with the left hand to follow the melody.
You may use the Solfeggio and Chords course to conduct music dictation. Using this software, you can pre-listen to a song several times, and even practice it by playing on the piano. After that, you have to write the learned song down, and compare it with the correct music score using the advanced note representation of the Gentle Piano™ visual and interactive sheet music.
You will develop perfect pitch. The Guess Key computer module, included in the "Soft Way to Mozart" curriculum, teaches the student to find a correct piano key by the note name and corresponding sound of the note. For ear training you may start playing this module using only the sound of music notes, finding correct piano keys without looking at the computer screen.
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