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Marie, 3.5 years

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20 Apr 2016 15:43 #22779 by missflute
Replied by missflute on topic Marie, 3.5 years
Thank you!
We have continued with some new songs recently, also trying a bit more with hands together. Marie enjoys her piano playing, and the music money definitely helps too!
I will post results below, but have one extra question:
Marie hasn't yet got the idea of sustaining a note in one hand while moving with the other. So for example if there is a minim in LH and crotchets in RH, she will usually play the LH twice to fit with quicker RH movement (unless I help her hold down the hand). I can see that this is a coordination issue, doing different things with different hands, but just wondering if there are any exercises or pieces that may help with this?

2nd April:
Guess key - 54pts, 33secs
Bass staff puzzle - 13pts, 1:12
Jingle bells RH - 35/45, 47
Happy birthday RH - 23/25, 28
Hot cross buns LH - 18/22, 12
4th April:
Guess key - 54pts, 29secs
Hot cross buns LH - 22/22, 8 and hands together - 27/37, 57
5th April:
Hot cross buns hands together - 27/37, 47
Jingle bells RH - 65/77, 52
6th April:
Guess key - 61pts, 30secs - 32/37, 35
Hot cross buns together - 29/37, 46
happy brithday RH - 24/25, 30 and LH - 8/12, 42
french song hands together - 38/48, 73
7th April:
Guess key - 61pts 30secs
treble staff puzzle - 18pts, 1:08
hot cross buns together - 32/37, 35
ode to joy hands together - 28/48, 86
jingle bells together - 62/77, 92
8th April:
new years tree together - 29/57, 101
10th April:
hot cross buns together 31/37, 37
11th April:
guess key - 34pts, 18secs
hot cross buns together - 27/37, 44
old macdonald RH - 48/59, 61
13th April:
baa baa black sheep together - 37/44, 59
mary had a little lamb together - 38/63, 106
french song together - 34/48, 56
happy birthday together - 34/37, 61
14th April:
french song together - 31/48, 63
humpty dumpty - 35/43, 69
fir tree LH - 10/26, 75
16th April:
Musette RH - 33/37, 31 and LH - 25/33, 38
jingle bells together - 62/77, 76
guess key 63pts, 29secs
french song together - 46/48, 37
17th April:
Musette RH - 32/37, 39 and LH - 30/33, 35
guess key - 89pts, 51secs
french song together - 44/48, 46
happy birthday together - 34/37, 50
Musette together - 60/70, 99
20th April:
Musette together - 58/70, 101
10 little indians - 33/40, 37

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21 Apr 2016 11:33 #22783 by hellene
Replied by hellene on topic Marie, 3.5 years

missflute wrote: Thank you!
We have continued with some new songs recently, also trying a bit more with hands together. Marie enjoys her piano playing, and the music money definitely helps too!
I will post results below, but have one extra question:
Marie hasn't yet got the idea of sustaining a note in one hand while moving with the other. So for example if there is a minim in LH and crotchets in RH, she will usually play the LH twice to fit with quicker RH movement (unless I help her hold down the hand). I can see that this is a coordination issue, doing different things with different hands, but just wondering if there are any exercises or pieces that may help with this?

Yes, you got it right: Marie is on the stage of both hands coordination development. She will organically develop the skill. Just tell her that if she sees Mr Oops, it means that she has to keep pressing the keys (otherwise she wakes him up). If she sees the butterfly, it is time to move on.
All children go through this stage and pass it smoothly.

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22 May 2016 12:47 #22922 by missflute
Replied by missflute on topic Marie, 3.5 years
Thank you. Marie is starting now to try holding some notes on while moving the other hand, which is great.
I will record our latest figures below in a moment.
I have another question - when to use the different layouts of the staff, eg numbers 1 to 6? So far we have only used number 1, which she is fine with, but today I played her a more difficult piece to her for listening, and used number 6 (as I find it easier!) - she picked up on this, and was happy to try playing with number 3, which she seemed to enjoy. Should we stick to number 1 for now, or try moving to different layouts?
Thanks

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22 May 2016 16:11 #22939 by hellene
Replied by hellene on topic Marie, 3.5 years

missflute wrote: Thank you. Marie is starting now to try holding some notes on while moving the other hand, which is great.

This is coordination of both hands in development

I will record our latest figures below in a moment.
I have another question - when to use the different layouts of the staff, eg numbers 1 to 6?

When your child will play piano pieces with no more then 1-2 mistakes and time is going to be close to 0.

So far we have only used number 1, which she is fine with, but today I played her a more difficult piece to her for listening, and used number 6 (as I find it easier!) - she picked up on this, and was happy to try playing with number 3, which she seemed to enjoy. Should we stick to number 1 for now, or try moving to different layouts?
Thanks


The answer to this: go with best interest of your child. Her hand/eye coordination and both hands coordination are in development. If she feels comfortable on 3, it is fine.

1 is like an ABC and 3 like a picture book. These are good for coordination development

2, 4, 5 and 6 we use for sight-reading. We give 0 level piano pieces and ask children to play R, L or both hands. It will be in the future.

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03 Jun 2016 15:59 #23058 by missflute
Replied by missflute on topic Marie, 3.5 years
Thank you, that makes sense.

I will try and make a couple more videos this week, but for now here are latest figures. All tunes are hands together now, unless mentioned which hand.

22nd April:
Guess key 80, 51s
Musette 64/70, 74
Jingle Bells 73/77, 90
Happy birthday 34/37, 41
Fir tree 59/68, 93
27th April:
Guess key 83, 1:08
Musette 59/70, 82
Fir tree 48/68, 126
Hot cross buns 24/37, 43
new year tree 49/57, 69
29th April:
Musette 61/70, 70
French song 41/48, 62
Guess key 72, 1:03
Small fir tree 52/68, 111
2nd May:
French song 41/48, 28
Note alphabet 33, 1:39
Musette 60/70, 93
Farmer in dell 33/33, 33
Small fir tree 49/68, 113
Alphabet song 44/48, 38
6th May:
Aplhabet song 39/48, 57
Guess key 78, 1:02
11th May:
Musette 59/70, 92
small fir tree 57/68, 104
12th May:
hot cross buns 35/37, 28
Jingle bells 62/77, 106
Musette 27/34, 42
18th May:
Musette 59/70, 72
Alphabet song 42/48, 72
Baa baa black sheep 36/44, 55
Guess key 86, 48s
Hot cross buns 37/37, 30
20th May:
Old macdonald RH 53/59, 60 and LH 29/39, 104
Jack and Jill 26/31, 125
Jingle bells 67/77, 69
Musette 62/70, 74
hot cross buns 31/37, 31
23rd May:
With staff layout 3
hot cross buns 30/37, 38
musette 64/70, 103
A Hen RH 34/38, 67
24th May:
with layout 3
Fir tree 62/68, 138
A Hen RH 36/38, 49 and LH 22/25, 48
Guess key 90, 40s
Hot cross buns 34/37, 28
25th May:
layout 3
Hen 38/63, 181
Small fir tree 44/68, 137
Ode to joy 39/48, 56
Hot cross buns 33/37, 27
Musette 55/70, 81
Jingle bells 64/77, 108
26th May:
layout 3
A Hen 50/63, 126
Mary had a little lamb 54/63, 81
New years tree 43/57, 82
Positon pattern 1 9/14, 56
Musette 61/70, 98
27th May:
layout 3
Guess key 75, 47s
A Hen 52/63, 132
Ode to joy 47/48, 48
hot cross buns 36/37, 22
Position pattern 1 14/14, 45
Musette 54/70, 93
28th May:
Position patter 1 14/14, 51
Music for 20 fingers 67/79, 155
Old macdonald RH 55/59, 52 and LH 31/39, 52
A Hen 44/63, 118
Musette 61/70, 73
29th May:
This old man 71/92, 145
Musette 53/70, 78
Position pattern 1
Small fir tree 48/68, 106
Old macdonald 69/98, 195
30th May:
Back to layout 1
A Tease 36/48, 112
Tom tom 26/30, 31
A Hen RH 37/38, 38 and LH 20/25, 28
Ode to joy 40/48, 35
Position pattern 1 13/14, 24
Musette 60/70, 58
2nd June:
Position pattern 1 12/14, 27
Happy birthday 32/37, 61
Ode to joy 39/48, 46
A Hen RH 34/38, 34 and LH 23/25, 32
A Tease 40/48, 90

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