Why Let's Play Music ?

LET'S PLAY MUSIC TEACHES TOTAL MUSICIANSHIP

In Let's Play Music not only do we teach piano,  we develop sight reading, harmony, melody, and rhythm skills in such a way that children internalize these skills, and become talented! Our students can read music and know what the music sounds like in their head, so sight singing, harmonizing, composing and improvising become second nature.  People will say the child is “talented”, but we know it was from the right education and exposure at the right time.  After completing our three year curriculum, students are prepared to pursue private piano lessons or other instrumental instruction and will continue to demonstrate high musical ability throughout their lives.

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We solve the "piano playing dilemma"

The brain is wired for musical aptitude between the ages of 0 and 9, but fingers and letter skills are not ready until around age 8. A young child’s brain is not hard-wired and is actively developing circuits.  By age 12, brain is hard-wired making it much more difficult to learn.  We take advantage of this early exposure.

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We understand that the pathway to learning is PLAY

We use minimal talking because children learn through play and repetition. Research has shown that the more senses involved in the learning process, the more the concepts are internalized.  So we use the eyes, ears, hands, and full body movements to learn concepts usually taught on paper.

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We teach through experience

Children learn through experience.  Concepts and skills are introduced in games and songs without labeling or explaining.  Once a concept is mastered, it can be labeled and it becomes a dramatic discovery moment.

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We are founded in great educational philosphies

The Let's Play Music curriculum is centered in the teachings of the music masters Kodaly, Orff and Dalcroze.  These men were revolutionist who changed the attitudes of teaching music to children.  Their philosophies are at the heart of our curriculum and you will see their methodologies in each detailed lesson plan.

 

kodaly.jpg Zoltán Kodály: In the Kodály Method children are first introduced to musical concepts through playful, natural experience. He emphasized the use of the folk song in all early music education, stating that they are the ‘mother tongue’ for teaching music.   Melodic patterning, the repetition of certain notes in a row, trains both the ear and the eye to read the patterns on the staff.  Adding solfeg handsigns and syllables further enhanced the learning experience. He used both folk music and songs that are based on the pentatonic scale to help teach the art of singing in tune.
dalcroze.jpg Émile Jaques-Dalcroze: The Dalcroze method, taught in his Eurhythmics schools, is another approach music educators use to foster music appreciation, ear-training and improvisation while improving musical skills. In this method, the body is the main instrument.  Students learn rhythm and structure by listening to music and expressing what they hear through spontaneous bodily movement. (I.e. walking to quarter notes, skipping to dotted notes.)
orff.jpg Carl Orff: In the Carl Orff approach children are taught concepts through improvisation, composition and a natural sense of play.  He taught using folk music and music composed by the children themselves.  All musical concepts were taught through singing, chanting, dance, movement, drama and the playing of percussion instruments.He believed the order of instruments should be: 1. Body Percussion  2. Voice  3. Simple Percussion Instruments  4. Barred Instruments (our tone bell set is an Orff instrument!)
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