1. What is the Musical Alphabet?
  1. Seven Letters - NOT starting with A
  1. Leader of Two Blacks = C
  2. Leader of  Three Blacks = F
  1. Forward AND Backward
  1. Do you need to count out loud?    YES!
  1. Language:  Syllabic Rhythm Counting with Basic Note Values
  1. Quarter notes = 1 beat:  Tah
  2. Half notes = 2 beats:  Tah Hold
  3. Whole notes = 4 beats: Tah Big Whole Note (or Great Big Whole Note)
  4. Dotted Half Notes: = 3 beats:  Tah Hold Dot
  1. Count OUT LOUD
  2. Using Syllables rather than numbers to avoid confusion with Finger Numbers
  3. POINT and COUNT (out loud)
  1. Counting out loud while pointing reinforces coordination of language with physical action
  2. Add midi file while pointing and counting - helps develop steady beat and listening skills
  3. Left-right orientation - assists in reading words
  4. Chanting - rhythm helps reading!
  1. Can you explain Finger Numbers….
  1. Both Hands
  1. Thumb is Number 1
  2. Pointer is Finger Number 2
  3. Tall Man is Finger Number 3
  4. Ring Finger is Finger Number 4
  5. Pinky is Finger Number 5
  1. Hokey Pokey Piano Hand
  1. Three fingers - Nos. 2, 3 and 4
  1. Thumb and Pinky
  1. Directionality and Space

  1. How much should my student practice?
  1. Reframe language:  Piano ‘Play’ rather than Piano ‘Practice’
  2. PreSchoolers:  no expectation for routine practice
  3. Kindergarten and First Grade - short intervals of 10 minutes works best
  1. Headstrong students who ‘don’t need help’ - inform instructor.  The instructor will tell your student that 10 minutes can be without help - and then 10 minutes will be with help to be sure they’re on track.
  2. If your student insists they are correct (and you know they’re wrong), don’t argue.  Parent ALWAYS loses.  Teachers will deal with this in class.
  3. Shy children:  ask them to show you “how” to play xxxx song or sing xxx song with you
  1. What is a midi file?
  1. Audio vs. midi files        
  1. Audio (mp3) files have one tempo - fast.  Good for listening to the song.
  1. Midi (.mid) files have variable tempo - can adjust to student’s ability level

  1. Will my students learn how to read music?

                Yes, students learn to read music notation through a developmental process

  1. How do you teach music reading?
  1. Directional Interval Reading (LeapFrogs only)
  1. Conceptual foundation of notation
  2. No clef initially
  3. Spatial orientation to piano:  up/down; left/right;        
  1. iPad App - Home Concert X-treme (midi player) and iMazing Transfer file

b.  Guide Notes (LeapFrogs only)

  1. Keyboard Map - specific names and location of “Guide” notes
  1. Middle, Treble and High (to the right = up)
  2. Middle, Bass and Low (to the left = down)
  1. Keyboard Finger Drills

  1.  Can I use a keyboard for at-home practice?

Yes, our focus with young children is the process of hand posture rather than finger strength.  A keyboard is adequate for the beginning years of the younger musician.

  1. Keyboards
  1. 60 notes
  2. Non-weighted keys
  3. Focus on hand posture rather than finger strength
  4. Should cost around $125 - $175.
  5. Always ask if the price includes the power adapter!

  1. Digital Pianos
  1. 76 notes okay; better to have 88 notes
  2. Weighted action to develop finger strength
  3. Do NOT need to be tuned
  4. Interface with iPads and have USB capability
  5. Headphone advantage - very important with multiple students and/or if piano is in a central room of the home and/or will compete with the television

  1. Acoustic Pianos        
  1. 88 notes
  2. Need to be tuned once a year minimum
  1. Hybrid Pianos        
  1. New - wooden action + digital sound

  1.  What is solfege?
  1. Solfege is a music education to develop pitch discrimination
  2. MWA uses ‘body’ solfege with young musicians.
  3. The physical placement  on the body helps with the aural and conceptual development of pitch.
  1.   Do my children get to perform?         
  1. There are two musicales or parties per semester
  2. Parents are invited
  3. Parties for all students younger than first grade or in their first year of classes
  4. Musicales are an option ONLY for first graders in at least their second year of classes

  1.   What happens if we miss a class?
  1. There are no makeups for missed classes
  2. Teachers appreciate notification of absence
  3. Class assignment can be emailed upon request

  1.   How do we get assignments?
  1. Teacher discretion - email or assignment sheet in class
  2. ALWAYS notify instructor about a missing assignment

  1.   Where do we park?
  1. Studio Lot
  2. Church Parking Lot when studio lot is full
  3. PLEASE - NO Street Parking
  4. Be prompt in picking up your child.
  1. Please park and enter the studio to pick up your child - teachers cannot walk students to the car or be responsible for children exiting the studio unsupervised.  
  2. Students need to be told to NEVER go outside to look for their parent.  MWA is not responsible for children in the waiting room.  We do NOT provide babysitting services.