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Key Signature Flat Not Played

Having trouble wording an answer for a student. He’s perceptive and quick, and he asked me today why there’s a flat in the key signature for First Signs of Winter when there is never actually a B played in the song. How would you explain…

Location Point Example Pieces

In the Reading Notes program, how are students supposed to decode Low C-1 and Low C-2 (pp 18-19) when they haven’t yet learned the location points of bass C and middle C? They’re not decoding it so much as recognizing it. You tell them what…

0246135 Order

Have a random question about 0246135 in Accompaniment 2 (I checked simpedia and here before posting): What is the reason we go in the particular order of notes on the keyboard by skipping up to F# from E and back down to its natural scale…

Music Book to Understand Dotted Notes

Quite relieved after todays lesson with my 7 year old. It is my first time ever to take someone that young through RR. She was previously doing well till we started dotted notes last week and she found them really confusing though the RR material…

Note Names in Transcribing Streams

Transcription projects in Reading Notes: are you just having them write notes on a staff as you verbalize different intervals? Do you start having them identify note names as they figure out intervals? Other ways to do transcription projects with notes? Yes Jen they write…

Reading Rhythm and Swing

Right now I have several students who are simultaneously going through RR and Accompaniment Variations. As such, it *seems* like a logical step to start including swing rhythm as a variation when learning to read 8th notes (doubles). However, there is not a single discussion…

Scale Journey 3s and 4s

I don’t understand the “scale journey on the keyboard.” I know a lot about scales and can play them all, but my understanding is this is playing the scales using 3 fingers of the LH and 4 of the RH starting in various positions on…