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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 presents it well. But today I took another approach and had her play Sleeping, and then I showed her the dotted half notes in the score for the LH and she…

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 notes as you dictate the interval and direction. Identifying note names is not necessary during transcribing - it's about correctly identifying intervals in a self-generative manner.…

Triplets

Just wondering when do triplets get introduced in the curriculum? For some reason I did not see them in RR. Are they mentioned later in context of a specific song? I believe the first time they appear is in Blues & Improv "hickory" rhythm. But not as a reading exercise, just physical familiarity. Project 7D Triplets are not discussed in the existing reading materials. I just…

Student Resists Walking SDQ

One of my private adult students had agreed to start RR but when I did the first exercises with her (walking with SDQ's) she told me she did not feel comfortable as she feels this is more suitable for children. I told her I have other adults doing this and totally comfortable with it. She said she already has a good sense of rhythm and does not have to do these walking (or foot tapping) exercises.…

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 or teacher training addressing this that I can find. Especially when attempting to reverse engineer Alma Mater Blues and Light Blue, how have other teachers approached this? I am hesitant to…

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 the piano? Could someone help clarify or direct me to someone in our training? I just finished watching Acc 2 but still am confused. Thanks in advance! [answer author="Mark…

Note Disk Alternatives

RR (Reading Rhythm) question: Any suggestions for alternatives to the paper notes disc? Although I am not entirely opposed to arts and crafts, I have seen a number of teaching tools similar to this for gen ed teachers working with fractions (Fraction Circle Manipulatives), but they look much more professional and are magnetized for use on the white board. I only hesitate to purchase those because they typically only include pieces going up to 1/12 (no…

High School Jazz Bands

I am wondering if anyone here has experience with high school jazz bands. One of my student’s parents emailed me telling me her daughter wanted to try out. She is a very talented student, quick learner, hard worker, etc. But she has only just finished level two of simply music. Probably a bit soon for that. You might tell mom that the student will be much more prepared after getting through more…

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…

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