Rhythm & Notes: Creative Ways to Learn to Read Music (including The Cup Song!)
Creative Ways to Learn to Read Music (including The Cup Song!)Musically gifted people are especially challenged to read music because they don't need to, for a long while anyway. They naturally have a great ear and memory, and can imitate pitch and rhythm and dynamics once they hear it, so why bother? Reading music is a lot of work when it doesn't seem necessary. Even when faking it while looking at the musical score, they see patterns of notes rising and falling and get a sense of how the music goes. Eventually, they learn it by hearing and memorizing it. But as they progress as performers, these gifted people soon realize that their lack of reading skills hinders them and puts them at a disadvantage with others who are equally gifted but know how to read music.
This course will offer creative, hands-on approaches to help students learn to read music. The musical notation system is very logical and makes a lot of sense once you get it. Rhythm breaks down into fractions. Pitches move up and down at various intervals. Using the visual of the piano keyboard, students will understand sharps and flats and half steps and scales and the whole world of "What key are we in," and, "Can we sing it in Db instead?", what all that means, and how it relates to solfege.
We will learn rhythm using cups and other percussive instruments. Using large rhythm charts, we'll do rhythms together - makes it fun and loud! And yes, we will learn The Cup Song!
Creative and various approaches and group participation are an ideal way to learn to read music, especially for those who are shy or prefer to hide their ignorance. In a group, they can learn without as much pressure.
Students will have a bit of homework in the form of worksheets to reinforce what they've learned, and assignments of music to listen to at home.
My goal is for your child to learn to read music AND have fun while doing it!
Amy Barker is an experienced piano teacher and pianist. She studied piano at the University of Michigan, and has played piano as a soloist and accompanist all her life, while engaged in a number of other professions. Her bachelor's degree is in education from Oakland University, Michigan.
Amy moved to Tucson from Texas in May 2018 to live near her aging parents. Her son, a video editor, and daughter-in-law also live in Tucson.
In the previous ten years, Amy enjoyed a thriving piano teaching studio in College Station, Texas, played as a church accompanist, and was a solo pianist at restaurants and Texas A&M events, to include playing for President & Mrs. George H. Bush at the George H. Bush Library.
Prior to living in Texas, Amy was a campus pastor and assistant professor in the Bible department at Bethel College, Kansas, after graduating from seminary. Though her passion for biblical theology remains, she finds that music best communicates the heights and depths of human experience, and provides such joy in our worship and praise of God.
Since moving to Tucson, Amy has accompanied an active vocal studio, the church choir of Catalina Foothills Church, the Southern Arizona Women's Chorus and this year's Summer Chorus, and she regularly plays for several retirement homes. In addition to teaching piano students in her private studio, Amy teaches piano to students at Quest for Education and Arts.
Amy has a love for musical theater and those drawn to it, and she looks forward to both teaching and accompanying at CYT Tucson.
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