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Marie, 3.5 years

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14 Feb 2016 10:07 #22077 by missflute
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Marie is 3.5 and we have started a few days ago, with 12 month subscription.
I have been reading around the forum today and seen lots of advice - I had started with English alphabet, as I am a musician and have never used solfege, so wasn't as confident. But I think we may change to solfege now, as it is recommended.
Marie has tried 5 notes in RH, singing each note, and I have told her that each finger goes on each key which she understands but she prefers to use index finger usually.
She has enjoyed trying Hot Cross Buns on gentle piano several times, right hand.
I will follow the lesson plans as much as possible - sometimes she says 'I don't want to do that game' so we leave it, and hope to come back to it next time.

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14 Feb 2016 10:26 #22078 by missflute
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PS we have just had another go, and we did
guess key game, 14 points about 1 minute
Hot cross buns 3 times right hand - starting to use correct fingering
Note alphabet 32 points 3 minutes

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16 Feb 2016 08:43 #22098 by hellene
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Dear Missflute, let me try to help you with the beginning of your journey wit Soft Mozart!

missflute wrote: Marie is 3.5 and we have started a few days ago, with 12 month subscription.
I have been reading around the forum today and seen lots of advice - I had started with English alphabet, as I am a musician and have never used solfege, so wasn't as confident. But I think we may change to solfege now, as it is recommended.


Good idea! For the early learners it is more natural since they use primary the Echoic memory in learning languages.

Marie has tried 5 notes in RH, singing each note, and I have told her that each finger goes on each key which she understands but she prefers to use index finger usually.

Marie is now at building hand/eye coordination stage. It is challenging for her to focus on the notation, figure out the note and corresponding key and to press. These tasks usually take all the room in her mind. Therefore her fine motor skills on the autopilot mode. In such mode children use what is most comfortable to use without any thinking. Since they already used their pointers even when they were in a womb ( www.facebook.com/ProLifeWI/videos/101534...6207492/?pnref=story ), they try to use it on piano. Let it be this way and watch the numbers on the monitor. It wilol be time, when she will be ready to use different fingers!

She has enjoyed trying Hot Cross Buns on gentle piano several times, right hand.
I will follow the lesson plans as much as possible - sometimes she says 'I don't want to do that game' so we leave it, and hope to come back to it next time.


You are right: there should be no force! Great way to teach is the gradual and organic way. :)

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16 Feb 2016 08:44 #22099 by hellene
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missflute wrote: PS we have just had another go, and we did
guess key game, 14 points about 1 minute
Hot cross buns 3 times right hand - starting to use correct fingering
Note alphabet 32 points 3 minutes


Wonderful!
Did you read about 'music money'?

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23 Feb 2016 15:10 #22150 by missflute
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Thank you - yes I have now read about music money too.

I have read about sticking to one game only when starting as a beginner, and have tried this with Marie, but she sees the list come up when I open the programme and is so keen to try out different games on the list! so we have tried a few. Sometimes she really concentrates on one game, other times she wants to do a different one.
We have also swapped to solfege.

I will give you our recent figures:

16 feb:
Jingle Bells RH: 36/45, 76
19 feb:
Jingle Bells RH: 37/45, 79
Guess Key game: 55, 120 (index finger only)
Note Alphabet: 31pts 2:14
20th feb:
listened to some songs, sang Do-Sol and used correct fingers
21st feb:
Ode to Joy: 11/30, 80
Small Fir Tree: 29/42, 178
Fruit Lines 9, 2:55
22nd feb:
Happy Birthday: 8/25, 111
Jingle Bells (now tried with correct fingers), 39/45, 77
Bass staff puzzle: 16, 4:30

Thank you
Nicole

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13 Mar 2016 16:41 #22493 by missflute
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More figures from last few weeks; I'm not sure how exactly to print them here, let me know if there is a clearer way! Still having difficulty in getting Marie to concentrate on perfecting one song before moving to the next, she will concentrate on one for as long as she wants, and then want to move to other songs or games, so we have moved around between songs etc quite a lot. But she is certainly developing better coordination, and has started trying LH, and is much improved in singing - she now often sings Do to Do and backwards on her own.

26th Feb:
Hot Cross Buns RH - 6/15, 66
Listened to some other songs
27th Feb:
Farmer in his dell LH - 8/15, 44
Mulberry Bush LH - 6/13, 54
Note alphabet 47, 3 minutes
Sung Do to Do, forwards and backwards, tried some LH thumb with weight
28th Feb:
Do to Sol with correct fingers
Hot Cross Buns - RH 8/15, 24. LH 15/22, 55
new Year Tree - RH 26/33, 77
1st March:
Happy Birthday - LH 10/12, 28
2nd March:
Ode to joy - LH 14/18, 26
Fir Tree - LH 21/26, 79
3rd March:
Fir Tree - RH 34/42, 74
Ode to Joy - LH 10/18, 30
Guess Key game 54, 34
Happy Birthday - 4/12, 32
note alphabet - 63, 2:35
4th March:
RH Do to Sol with correct fingers, and backwards
Happy Birthday - RH 13/25, 86. Hand together 24/37, 139
5th March:
Bass staff puzzle 12, 1:38
Happy Birthday - LH 10/12, 16
Jingle Bells - LH 27/32, 32
Guess key game - 58, 55s
Fir tree - RH 34/42, 80
6th march:
sung Do to Do and backwards, with one finger
Happy brithday - hands together 26/37, 83
8th March:
happy birthday - hand together 13/37, 143
10th march:
guess key game - 50, 38s
Happy birthday - LH 12/12, 18
Jingle bells - LH 32/32, 48. RH 30/45, 56
11th march:
Guess key game - 32, 25s
Jungle bells - RH 36/45, 46. LH 23/32, 65
Hot cross buns - RH 11/15, 12
French song - RH 22/28, 42
12th march:
Jingle bells - LH 31/32, 30
Happy birthday - RH 22/25, 30
Guess key game - 33, 21s
13th march:
Happy birthday - hands together 19/37, 143

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