Foundation Songs

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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…

Stories Behind the Songs for Students

Neil Moore – can we share the videos of you telling the stories behind your compositions? If so, what’s the best way to access them? Any chance they could be on the website for students to easily see? I’ve made the videos public. They’re in…

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…

Dark Blue Final Chord

I finally figured out another easy way to remember the final RH chord of the tailpiece of Dark Blue – it is just a rearranged version of the second last RH chord. (the D moved down an octave and then of course the whole chord…

Mapping Strategy

Could someone explain the “mapping” strategy? I’ve noticed it a few times in the TTM, but I’d like to make sure I understand it completely. Here is an official definition: Observing any section or piece of music as a series of shapes, and assembling those…