Here are our TIPS OF THE WEEK! We send little tidbits out every week to keep our families informed about what is going on in class each week.
Hand-Eye Coordination: Playing instruments, such as sand blocks with a back and forth alternating movement, gives the child an opportunity to develop hand-eye coordination. The eye leads the hand movements,so that the internal knowledge becomes the basis for the movement. This connection of movement with sight is essential in writing, drawing, playing an instrument, learning a sport or dancing.
Expressive Movement: Turn on the music and enjoy dancing while doing chores! During class, we are exploring and creating our own movements as well as using movements expressively in pretend play. In both kinds of activities, they are exploring and learning about themselves and their environment. Expressive movement strenghtens gross motor and social skills and nurtures children’s creativity and imagination. The freedom of creative movement also helps children to express their emotions and relieve some tension.
Music For the Young Child/ Superstar Young Musicians
Benefits of Rhythm: The rhythm of music and language are connected. Children love to read, speak, and hear rhythm. Think of the silly rhythm rhyming stories and poems of your childhood. This skill helps your child understand that lanugage is rhythmic, thus fostering reading fluidity and a love for language and literature.
Barre étiquette: In Ballet, the barre represents holding you partner’s hand. So when you have to turn around, politely turn towards the barre, as though you are turning towards your partner. Turning away from the barre would be like turning your back on your poor partner.
Musical Improvisation: Each student has a section on their Medal Level sheet dedicated to improvisation. The definition of improvisation is the creative activity of immediate (“in the moment”) musical composition. This is an essential part of learning to be a well-rounded musician but is often the most feared by music learners. Here at Myriad we have a system in place that eliminates all fear by giving our students very structured boundaries to begin the process of learning this difficult concepts. As our students improve and become more comfortable with improv, the foundries start to fall away bit by bit until they are doing it with almost no help at all.
“Think down” for high notes: When you sing your warm-ups, try thinking of the way an elevator works: a heavy weight is attached to pulley, and as the weight pulls down, the elevator goes up to the higher floors. So, the highest floor is reached with the weight us heaviest. Similarly, you should use the most “weight” on your highest notes.
“Sometimes, you are going to be so frustrated you want to give up the guitar- you’ll hate the guitar. But all of this is just a part of learning, because if you stick with it, you’re going to be rewarded.”- Jimi Hendrix This is a great quote because no matter what instrument you are learning, there will be a certain degree of frustration. Here at Myriad we have many, many tools in place to keep the frustration to a minimum. The best advice we have is to keep working. If you practice regularly and follow your teachers’ practice tips, you will begin to see how fun playing guitar can really be. Jimi Hendrix knows!
Play with good tone: To play with good “tone” and sound, listen to the bow on the string and try to play without sounding scratchy. Practice with a nice smooth bowing motion, in a way that sounds beautiful. When you change directions with the bow, do it smoothly and easily.
Check out Marc O’Connor’s website: http://www.markoconnor.com/ We use this method book in our daily lessons
Embouchure: Because everybody has individual teeth and lip shape, there are a number of embouchure developed. None of them are right or wrong, you’ll have to find the way that feels best for you. There are some general rules though that apply to most of them. You must keep the corners of your mouth firm so the air won’t leak from there. When going up, it’s generally a better idea to push the lips a bit more center than to stretch them. Stretching will thinner the lip tissue which will expose it to damage and will make the sound thinner.