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TFMM and 16th Notes

I just had an aha moment. I don’t see any 16th notes in any of the TFMM songs. Seems surprising since we start with them in RR. Just wondering if there was a reason for this? I would think to keep it more developmentally appropriate…

Chord Fingers Bending

One of my students is struggling with playing chords because her fingers are doing what you see in the photos. Can anyone help me know what is going on? Are there any exercises or things we can do to help her? Have her hold a…

Christmas Accompaniments & Jam Tracks

It’s that time of year again! For any who are interested, here are some Christmas carol accompaniments your students may enjoy: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1h2_ESkaNjVRvo4Gtq7369DeIkTb_P5d8 And some orchestral jam tracks for them to play along with: https://soundcloud.com/user-559128116/sets/christmas-carol-jam-tracks/s-3AN2wGfDdXT I’ll be adding to the jam tracks every couple of days.…

Away in a Manger Chord

In “a white and blue christmas” in Away in a Manger measure 11 – is the intent to roll the LH chord? Just curious because Neil indicates that at m18, but has 11 as a block chord. Ruth, there are three options. Larger hands can…

FABE Chord Tip

Quick tip for Light Blue…. The last note of the Long sentence is an E and that’s also the top note of the FABE chord. If students see that it’s just a quick switch to the pinky there it should help them get over the…

Reading Rhythm in Online Lessons

Hi teachers, just curious how everyone is handling the Reading Rhythm process with online students. Are you having them play the tracks to the audio, a metronome, one handed while tapping the beat or having the coach clap? Any preference towards any of these? They’re…

New Playlist & Notes Book Reviews

Well, not only are the new Playlist and Notes books very useful, but Jy and Sheri’s TTM is fantastic. I love your wisdom and playfulness in presenting the material and we teachers get much more out of the tutorial than just learning how to use…

Moonlight Sonata Triplets?

A bit confused as to why there’s no triplet indication in Moonlight Sonata. Surely 4/4 ..should only have 8 1/8 th notes as written? I’ve seen versions of MS in common time (4/4), cut time (2/2), I’ve seen versions where the triplets are clearly indicated,…

Using MAC with F1 Students

MAC aka Music and Creativity PRogram: I love the extra projects and also Neils’s videos and seems there is a lot that is not part of F1 in MAC. Wondering if it woudl be a consideration to use MAC as a start to lessons (instead…

Ensemble Playing with Jazz Clue 3

I’ve got an online student powering through Jazz and about to start JC 3, who lives in the locked down city of Melbourne. I don’t have much experience myself with jazz ensemble playing and I want her to have fun with this. I’d like some…