Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Unexpected Opportunity

Many music teachers experience the phenomenon of students who do not review any part of their lesson at home.  In short, they never practice.

However, the mind keeps working on the music lesson and students make some progress anyway. 

They progress more slowly because they are not translating the information to their hands over and over again to create fluency.

This created an unexpected opportunity for me.

I began to design music reading materials which would still teach students how to read music well with only the exposure during their weekly music lessons.

I keep giving them more and more challenging music to learn.

It has been working for years.

I continue to design and publish these materials for students at all levels of development.

After all, it is still valuable to know how to translate this efficient system of musical communication into action, until one day, it will feel good to develop fluency.

© 2012 Kathryn Hardage

Monday, February 6, 2012

Students Drive the Business

A couple of students on different instruments (violin and guitar) and ready to read and write musical patterns for the second finger notes on each string. So there are two more Music Writing Books to create.

The students drive the business. I have written a layered “lasagne” arrangement of my song “Gifts in My Family” for a student who is becoming more advanced.

For the City of Carrollton Park and Rec classes, World of Nature/World of Gardening (WON/WOG) series for pre-schoolers and their parents, I have written the Themes for “Compost” and “Trees and Their Leaves”.

© 2012 Kathryn Hardage