memorising notes

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memorising notes

Postby yummy » Mon Mar 02, 2009 12:09 am

hi,
Anyone whose private music teacher teach note-reading using flash cards?
Or how does your child's piano teacher get your child to memorise notes?

My girl's piano teacher gets my girl to play Grade 1 pieces without grounding her foundation in note-reading. I'm very uncomfortable this method, but she seems to have been using this approach on all her students. Btw, she teaches in Christofori.
Please advise.
:?:

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Postby sashimi » Mon Mar 02, 2009 2:49 pm

While it may seem like the scientifically/logically correct thing to do, know the language of the notes before you can play - in practice, music isn't really like that. Maybe not for everyone. We aren't computers. Music, like language, is a matter of reflexive learning. I.e. you play until you memorize it; rather than you memorize it first then you play.

My DD is like that - just 4-5 months ago, I was getting really frustrated by the fact that she didn't really KNOW what notes she's playing. But she could more-or-less play from the score, but would occasionally play the wrong notes (as in recognized wrongly and repeatedly play wrongly until corrected).

But after a while I decided to let nature take its course, and in fact, she's much better now. Her ability to sight-read has improved remarkably with encouragement and practice.

So, perhaps you can give your teacher and child a bit more time. :)

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Postby schellen » Mon Mar 02, 2009 5:49 pm

Adding to sashimi's post...

Our DD is kinda like me, plays/sightreads better if we listen to the piece first. Eg, via CD or someone else playing. In the beginning, I had to play for her first, and when I didn't, she'll get frustrated cos she'll get a lot of the notes wrong or she'll take a long time to "decipher" each note. Now, like sashimi said, she is much better at playing and sightreading so I can skip the "pre-playing" part.

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Postby yummy » Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:45 pm

thanks a lot to sashimi & schellen, for sharing your experience.
Makes sense to me. Guess I got to give more time.

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Postby super_dad » Fri Mar 27, 2009 10:10 am

I do agree. Too much reliance on notes is not a good thing. Focus on the listening/enjoyment of music part when they are young. The technical part should come later. (I am speaking from experience. I have grade 8 myself. i am more musical than a "singing bush" :lol: ).

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Re: memorising notes

Postby karmeleon » Fri Mar 27, 2009 11:30 pm

yummy wrote:hi,
Anyone whose private music teacher teach note-reading using flash cards?
Or how does your child's piano teacher get your child to memorise notes?

My girl's piano teacher gets my girl to play Grade 1 pieces without grounding her foundation in note-reading. I'm very uncomfortable this method, but she seems to have been using this approach on all her students. Btw, she teaches in Christofori.
Please advise.
:?:


Most kids learn from getting used to seeing & using the notes frequently. Eg. my boys did not know how to read the scores initially, but this certainly was picked up rather quickly not long after.

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memorising notes

Postby yummy » Sat Mar 28, 2009 5:40 pm

BiG thanks to super_dad and karmeleon,
your advice and sharing gives much assurance..
c u :celebrate:

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