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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…

Questioning Intervallic Reading

Reading Notes – I have a couple of students currently, one senior and one middle school age, who seem to struggle with grasping the intervallic note reading process. Sometimes I wonder if it would be easier for certain students to learn note reading the old-fashioned…

Continuing RR projects after starting RN

Once a student has started Reading Notes, should they continue to do rhythm projects every week (transcribing) or do they switch over to Reading Notes projects? It seems like a lot to have a weekly Rhythm project in addition to a weekly Notes project, but…

Hand placement on RN streams

When doing the Streams projects in Reading Notes, how do you explain how to start each line? In the Streams up to 3rds, the first line starts on finger 1 and is easy to figure out on the piano. But the rest of the line…

Reading Notes: dealing with clef symbols

I’m working through the Reading Notes program for the first time and I just introduced the Ladder and Race conversations. On page 5 of the Reference Book, the Streams page alternates between treble and bass clefs. I haven’t introduced clefs yet. Do you have students…

Reading Rhythm – dotted notes and ties

My first student is at the end of Reading Rhythm! Question: for the student, dotted notes and ties aren’t as confident as I wish they’d be. What would you do in this case (he has no trouble with rests)? Would you move on anyway to…

Reading Rhythm for students with prior experience

I have a brother/sister shared lesson who can read music (although not confidently) and I’ve just assigned their first MOR. Next would be to ask them to take the rhythms to the keys over 5SS. Being that they can read music, would you still do…

Help in confidently teaching Reading Rhythm

I need some help in teaching the Reading Rhythm course. I am beginning my second year with Simply Music and I love it. Now it’s time to start several students into RR. One student is an adult, played in the school band, and is familiar…

Reading Notes: Identifying location points

I need some reading advice please. Ellen has been with me for 7 years – a hardworking teenager. Getting started in a reading piece is the issue. Once she’s off and running, she gets all the reading strategies she’s been taught in an applied way.…

Overwhelmed with All These Streams

How do you guys do this? I spend HOURS and HOURS learning these different streams, and planning them into lessons. I’m just about to start learning Foundation 5 (I have two students right on my tail) and I can now see how wrong I’ve been…