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Complex Chords Beyond Accompaniment 1

First, how do you teach all the complex chords beyond the last Danny Boy piece in Accompaniment Book 1? Do you choose other lead sheets? Work on exercises with the other chords? Second, after Accompaniment Book 1, when is a student ready for Accompaniment Level 2? Thx! Chord Drill by Elizabeth Gaikwad. I personally wait a looooong time before doing Acc 2. I want them to be super comfy with…

Chord Drill Inversions

Elizabeth Gaikwad, I have a question about the Chord Drill inversions. I understand that students need to have all Accomp 1 chords solid and that is the prerequisite. What I'm wondering, is how the inversions appear/are taught in Accomp 2? Will it be beneficial to do the chord drill inversions before it comes up in accomp 2 and how does the training differ in these two components? Students should work their…

Chord Drill Vocalizing

Question for Elizabeth Gaikwad about Chord Drill: Is there an easier way to vocalize ALL the chords when going through the drill? We get tongue-tied saying this out loud - "C# major, C# minor, C# major, C# suspended, C# major, C# major7, etc. etc. Some are easier than others, but the sharps really get me. I think it's important to say it, so I've tried short cuts like omitting the 'C#' or whatever chord name from…

Assignments for Month-Long Break

Would it work, when there is a month-long break from teaching, to suggest that dedicated students (at the appropriate level) work through Tune Toolkit and The Chord Drill on their own? I have the vaguest recollection from the training on those that "students can work through this on their own", but don't have time to chase it down in the training materials. Suggestions, please? (Mark S. Meritt, Elizabeth Gaikwad) Any other suggestions for filling the…

Students Struggling in Performance

So how do you encourage or console a student who really struggled in performance? He did many things beautifully, but a few errors started to throw him off and it deteriorated rapidly with him visibly upset by the end. I feel for him! He left quickly afterward and I wasn't able to speak with him, but his lesson is tomorrow. Any wise words to share? If someone had asked this…

What special and supplemental programs correspond with Foundation levels?

Does anyone have an outline of what special and supplemental programs they have students purchase with each level? I am going to do my first FIS next weekend with my current students, and I want to give parents an accurate expectation of how much they will spend on materials their first year as it will be drastically different from what they are used to. I have seen the chart by SM that suggests when to add the…

Foundation Duets books

A recent post elicited a good solution to managing group classes with more duet stimulation. I just contacted Elizabeth Gaikwad to tease it out a bit more. She said I could post the following in case it helps anyone else. It was a good reminder for me as I am deep in learning newer programs. If a student is ahead in the class: A teacher sent a note telling me that the "Duets" were a "life…

Songs in Songs for Christmas

Hello Everyone, Could someone please tell me the list of songs in the “Songs for Christmas” book? I have found lists for “Songs for Everyone”, but not the Christmas book. Hi Barbara, The songs in the Songs For Christmas Book are: Jingle Bells Silent Night O Come All Ye Faithful Angels We Have Heard On High Once In Royal David’s City The First Noel Joy To The World We Three Kings Ding…

Songs for Christmas with Improvisation

I am late in getting Christmas songs going this year, but I am under way at last. The 14 carols are great to play along with in CFG chords and a minor song. I am adding an improvisation component for those who now find CFG chords a breeze. We will play improvisation with the Student Audio. Of course we will improvise using the chord given, with arpeggios and broken chords and runs and whatever. It’s going to be a…

Using Foundation Duets with student with prior experience

Hi all, I just watched the promo video for Foundation Duets & Variations. One of the suggestions mentioned was to use the Foundation Duets & Variations with a student who has prior experience to help give them some interest and challenge, especially when the other members of their group have not had prior experience. I have a potential new group forming – father and two teenage sons – with just that scenario: the father can read…

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