Sometimes a child comes in with a clear idea of what she wants to do that day. I will hear her singing a tune as she comes up the stairs or she’ll come in and make a bee-line for the piano or whatever she has in mind.
Another child might come in, sit down, look around and wait. In this case, I might ask a question that leads us in some direction. Once we begin, it’s in the child’s hands and usually takes on a life of its own.
Questions to wake the “Music Muse”
How can you dress a song in a different “costume?”
What can you do with a chord?
What is a “menu” of notes?
A song is hiding in 3 notes – Can you find it?
Can you read “Face Notation?”
Some things to do at the piano …
Experiment with chords
Learn about “Note menus” (scales and modes) and “invent” key signatures
Learn about the “personalities” of intervals
Learn to read “face notation” and musical notation
Learn a song by ear, rote or note
Some things to do at the autoharp …
Learn about how chords are constructed
Study the science of stringed instruments
Learn chord families
Accompany voices or instruments by ear
Read chord symbols
Of course, there’s also …
Studying music of other cultures
Learning about composers
And that’s the short list!
© Meryl Danziger 2004