all students playing the letters provided in the format "Keyboard/Xylophone/Tone
Bells" with the intention of using the "Music
Only" format as skills progress. Introduce
fingerings and chords when appropriate to skills.
of skill development
melody with one or two fingers,
with no attention to rhythm.
melody with one or two fingers, correcting rhythm.
melody with ALL fingers of the RIGHT hand. (song
selection is important)
melody with CORRECT fingers suggested in the music.
melody with mirrored fingers of the LEFT hand. (or/both
HOME PITCH, in
left hand while playing melody with RIGHT hand.
introducing the third and fourth of the HOME CHORD,
adding the transition from the V and the IV CHORDS,
when appropriate to skill development.
motor skills develop at individual rates,
thus centers provide the opportunity for success at
the student's pace. Having fellow classmates
help play rounds as a team, or assisting a friend,
keeps everyone moving
forward in skill development. Open
or after PTA meetings
allow parents to monitor progress when instruments
are not available in the home.