I Can Read Music gives kids visual reference points on the piano keys by means of stickers.
This helps children start reading music with confidence.
I Can Read Music was created because there was no existing piano method which began slowly enough for kids.
The methods we examined either started too fast or assumed some kind of knowledge, experience or affinity with manipulating music symbols.
For the vast majority of children, this conventional type of piano method is a major obstacle to a happy start at the piano.
To a child, the piano keyboard is an ocean of white and black buttons with no apparent organization.
Middle C is the red sticker in the drawing below.
Below is a sample page from I CAN READ MUSIC.
We begin by breaking the visual elements of sheet music down into easily understood, small bits of information that the child can use to decipher the page.
In the page below, the child is asked to find the FIVE lines of the musical staff (the five blue stickers in the drawing above) and distinguish between the top line, and the bottom line.
Children readily respond to this logical system, and slowly but securely start to relate the note on the page to the key on the piano. Below is another sample page from I CAN READ MUSIC, where we acquaint the child with the “musical staff” and the circles which function as “notes.”
In this second page, the child is asked to find the top and bottom line, and find out if the note (the circle) is on the top or bottom line.
NUMBERS BECOME NOTES
The child learns that notes, formerly “numbers,” are now circles placed on the five horizontal lines they have met on the last page.
No extra graphic detail is given at this time (such as clefs, time signatures, stems, rhythm, etc.) so that the central, easy-to-grasp fact is seen: notes are circles found on one of five horizontal lines. There is no clutter of symbols: the child does not need to know these complications (clefs, time signatures, stems, etc.) at first.
Most children look up at this point and say, “Yeah, so?”
It’s easy to learn about sheet music if the tasks are broken down into minute steps, and are made into games. I CAN READ MUSIC contains all the ideas and games you need to help children make the transition from Piano by Number to sheet music.
I CAN READ MUSIC
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