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Reading Rhythm: Application of S D Q

There is a section in the READING RHYTHM TTM videos where Neil discussed the efficacy of learning SDQ because in more advanced pieces the approach can be applied to the relationships of 8th, 16ths, and 32nds. This makes perfect sense to me but, I am wondering where the application of that happens. It wouldn't come up with most students during RR itself because the curriculum only progresses to 16ths. Is there further discussion of faster rhythms…

Value of “easy” TFMM songs

I have an adult, private student who came to me already reading. She is near the end of Foundation Level 6, has completed Reading Rhythm and Reading Notes, and is working her way through Read n Play. I'm realizing I've procrastinated on introducing Time for More Music because it's so much easier than the reading projects that she continues to work on outside of lessons. I know she would beieft from focusing on playing-based strategies with…

Question about Workshops

I would love to grow my studio from the plateau of about 20 students to more like 50. One thing I want to do is add Workshops. I see a 6-minute training on Workshops in Business Support. Where else would you suggest I look? Also, does anyone have experience and advice on Workshops that you would like to share here? How do you advertise it? How do you price it? What do you wish you had…

Pedaling Dark Blue

Advice for pedal use on Dark Blue? Just keep it down, or use your ear to know when to clear it? Or open to player's interpretation? Every time the LH plays is a good time to pedal on Dark Blue. Have you purchased the "Using the Pedal" from the Teacher Workshop Series? It's fantastic. I've used it for years to teach pedaling to my students. I'm…

Seeing and identifying chords in non-accompaniment pieces

In many SM pieces, learning by the playing-based strategies, I very quickly see chords. For example, Dark Blue starts with an A flat chord plus G. Lullaby has C, F, and G chords all over the right hand part. It's almost like my brain sorts the music into groups of chords. I have a couple of questions: Is this (seeing the music in groups of chords) a common experience for SM teachers and students? Would it…

Time for More Music: memorized or not?

Are the songs in Time for More Music meant to be added to their repertoire of memorized songs and the long term playlist? Or just used for learning to decipher the written music, and once they can play it well, they move on? I believe that once they have processed it and can play it, they move on. I tell my students that it doesn't need to stay on the playlist…

Improving sight reading

I have a student who is interested in improving his sight reading skills. Any advice other than lots of reading? It is recommended that sight reading be two levels down from the reading. We don't level reading in Simply Music, but just make sure it's significantly easier than music he is able to read/learn from the page. Help him find appropriate level sight reading pieces. Good sight readers do a quick…

Student struggling with TFMM but pretending to get it

I have a class of three students in Time for More Music. We are at Gray. Two students are comfortable taking on the reading in each step, and understanding scale journey, and I've kept the projects moving a bit at a time with discussions. One student, though, is "pretending" to get it all, and makes quite a few errors. He is very sensitive and competitive too. What would you do? I'm…

Incorporating duets into lessons

I would appreciate advice about incorporating duets into lessons. Do you sit at the bench together? I have two pianos, a keyboard, and a guitar in my studio, so i have the option of using another instrument. I do duets at every lesson the same piano. If it's a group, then use a keyboard or other percussion. Duets have multiple layers of cognitive and motor learning to offer. [answer author="Laurie…

Student learned more advanced Fur Elise already

I have a very talented student who has a keyboard and he learns songs from the tutorials on the keyboard, i.e. Fur Elise. The version he has learned is more difficult than the Fur Elise in Foundation 2. I'm afraid he won't want to learn the Foundation 2 version as he is already playing a more advanced version. What would you do? Foundation 1 and 2 strategies are more important than…

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