PipeChat Digest #364 - Friday, May 8, 1998
Re: Method to teach youngster
  by "Shakehip" <Shakehip@aol.com>
Re: Teenage Organists and "emotional adjusting"
  by "bruce cornely" <cremona84000@webtv.net>

(back) Subject: Re: Method to teach youngster From: Shakehip <Shakehip@aol.com> Date: Thu, 7 May 1998 23:59:15 EDT   Shirley,   From the humble mouth of a C3/Jazz player and Special Needs/Language Arts teacher, there's no such thing as an ideal text book regardless of what you teach. Regardless of the subjects I've taught/have been forced to teach I've always found that my best friends are scissors, card board paper, a copy machine and a stop watch... you can take it from there. There are hundreds of educational games you can devise with these items alone, not to mention imitation games and many take less time than you could ever imagine...   What I'd suggest doing is finding a standard book, copying it, cutting it up and turning it into something fun... A parochial school teacher / friend of mine influenced by my approach to EFL used to take passages from a hymnal and white out notes.... And have the students see if they could play the song and figure out the missing notes, then blot out notes they already knew. Not only did it help their reading and playing at the same time, but it made learning more fun. He (at my less than humble suggestion) would also play games such as name that tune with them, call and response, etc. sitting side by side with his students.   With two students there are loads of site reading games you can play. Mind you, I'm a language arts/EFL teacher most of the time, but many activities in my field are fully applicable to music. For example, I often teach site reading using the Spalding F/C method in which the English langauge is broken down into its basic 50 some primary sounds, and students learn to recognize the letter combinations rather than the letters itself. Likewise in music, the chords and notes in a standard piece could be cut and pasted into flash cards -- as the student progresses, you could also do simultaneous transposition exersises. (I don't know what type of training church/classical organists receive, however, Jazz musicians spend a lot of effort learning to play whatever they learn in all 12 keys from the begining) - -   Another thing I liked about teaching methods that I happened to wittness in Japan (as opposed to engaging in) is the emphasis on sight singing... something that as a Jazz student I didn't get. Students are encouraged to try to sound out the piece before they read it, and I've found out in general that students seem to make the quickest progress (atleast in comprehension and language arts) in focused yet activity based learning, or should I say "task challenge learning" -- this is where the students learn by taking on a problem, and the teacher guides them along the way, as opposed to the traditional "read and recite" approaches.   Would be really curious to see how such methods work out in music ed...   But of course, regardless of the toppings on the pizza, nothing beats simply having a person compassionate about music and the young'ems sitting next to them at the bench... and that I'm sure they have...   Yours,   Ed   Incidently, am I the only person on the board who has horrid memories of the music teacher's pointing stick or ruler or the cruel and torturous things they'd do to you if you let your wrist slouch ?  
(back) Subject: Re: Teenage Organists and "emotional adjusting" From: cremona84000@webtv.net (bruce cornely) Date: Fri, 8 May 1998 00:06:12 -0400   Your youth may wear off, but then you have the remaining patina of wisdom.   hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha   bruce o h s __________ a g o cornely o o __________ o o ........... cremona84000@webtv.net ...........