Songs for Everyone

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Religious objections to Amazing Grace

Any suggestions on how to approach Amazing Grace being religiously offensive to a family? They are Jewish. AG is such a key component of the program, especially in Accompaniment 1. The mother of my new student is fine with him playing it, but politely insisted…

Fast learner in group

I have a class of 6-1/2 to 7 year olds. One little girl is just on fire. She practices EVERY day. She does the keypad, the recording, everything and more. Consequently she is learning much more quickly and is much more fluent than the other…

When to start Accompaniment 2

When is too early to incorporate Accompaniment 2? I have a student (my lead student) who has just finished Accompaniment 1. He has done a phenomenal job with it and has loved the challenge of the final Danny Boy. We have also done some Accompaniment…

Songs for Children / Songs for Everyone

Some students recently pointed out that the Songs for Children (SFC) book online is different than my older, printed book. The new version only writes the chord when it changes–so if you’re meant to play C several times in a row, it only appears written…

Outside accompaniment pieces

I’ve recently started my first group with the Accompaniment program, and they’re eager to work on some outside projects. At what point do you introduce any accompaniment pieces outside of the curriculum and how do you select them? This particular group is made up of…

Transposing I-IV-V

Once students are comfortable finding I-IV-V in any key, how do you go through the transposition process? Do you do one key a week, multiple keys per week? Do you use both Amazing Grace and Auld Lang Syne? Separately or at the same time? Do…