Foundation Songs

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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…

Squidgies Position Change

I’m learning to play Squidgies Boogie in level 4. I’m having a hard time understanding how to transition between the IV and I chords because I think “IV” ends on the very C that “I” should start with. I don’t see Neil’s hands do this…

Panther Digital Materials Different

I’m working on learning Panther in Level 9. Is there a reason that the final chord in the printed music is not played in the demo or taught in the teacher or student videos? Cool chord–assuming it’s a reference to “Pink Panther”. Ha, even I…

Shoo-Fly Rhythm

I came up with a new thing to help with the different but similar rhythms in Shoo-Fly (Level 5): Banana (G-B-G) & grape grape grape grape (G- Bbx4) Apple (B-G) Banana (G-B-G) Students often get confused with the similar little phrases… banana and apple helped…

Happy Birthday Supplement Materials

In the Happy Birthday materials Mark S. Meritt do you have a Chord sheet for your variation with the split chords, etc? I didn’t see one unless there’s just the audio. Just like with the original Foundation 2 materials for the Amazing Grace Variation, a…

Layering

In the TTMs Notes for Foundation Level 5 song In My Eyes (5.1), there is a reference to “Fragmenting-Layering” in 5.1.2. I know what fragmenting is, but layering in this context is confusing to me. 🤔 In the TTM video Neil does say something about…

Locking in Church Song

In Church Song, Level 7, one of the learning strategies is “Locking”. Could I get a clearer definition of what the locking strategy involves? Here’s the definition: Locking: A learning strategy where the hands essentially lock their ‘shape’ into place, but move from one position…

Alternate Greensleeves Fingering

An 8-year-old student came up with an alternate fingering for Greensleeves that I thought was both insightful and helpful for kids with small hands, and I told her I was going to share it here, and that Neil Moore might even see it. In the…