I haven't posted anything in a good, long while.
I've developed a course that I like to teach to barbershoppers that takes
about 5 minutes every week. The idea is to put one little idea into their
heads at a time. But there are three things that are the precursors of all
else and I teach them in the first three weeks.
1. Learn the popular key signatures by sight - because that tells where do
is. I consider this the most important thing to reading music. If you
don't know where the starting point is, then all else is pointless. I tell
them we might sing in any key but normally we only start in one of nine keys
- C (no sharps or flats) or 1 to 4 sharps, or 1 to 4 flats. So that is nine
simple things to learn. I try to get them away from "figuring out" the key
by the next to last flat or a half-tone higher than the last sharp. While
this is useful, it is important that they can just look at a piece of music
and instantly know what key it's in.
2. Find do on the musical page. This links the sound of do to the graphical
image of it. This leads, of course, to a simple discussion of the musical
staff, treble clef, bass clef, and the lot.
3. Find your starting note as an interval away from do.
If you can do just these three things, you can start to read music. While
there's still a lot to learn, you can now start getting something out of the
] On Behalf Of
Sent: Friday, March 09, 2012 9:43 AM
To: Jamie Bedford; BBShop Yahoo Group
Subject: [bbshop] PAINLESS TEACHING
I think we agree.
Society and chapter studies upon studies have found that the three major
"barriers" boil down to one simple statement -- "not enough time." And
ranking almost as high is: "can't read music." I think this tells us nearly
everything we need to know about insisting that members they must learn
their music at home. We can't "make" members do anything: We can only find
out what they want, need, and expect -- and then help them get it. Some
chapter profiles indicate a strong preference for affiliation; others a
strong preference for achievement. And the achievement chapters often differ
in whether they want to achieve through competition, or through vocal
excellence (but not compete). One thing we do know for sure, though, is that
all human beings -- even barbershoppers =) -- want to learn anything and
everything as painlessly as possible.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jamie Bedford" <jrbedford@...>
To: "BBShop Yahoo Group" <email@example.com>
Sent: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 4:50 PM
Subject: Re: [bbshop] Re: Can We Motivate Members or Should We Address Their
> So... what's the actual problem with the program? I don't think there
> is one... just don't force people to use it when you've set the
> expectation that they won't be subjected to this type of activity....
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