Why is Easy Notes so effective?
Why is Easy Notes so effective?
Easy Notes works! Using Easy Notes with your students results in kids who know the notes, and knowing the notes empowers them to read music easily. Here are some of the reasons why Easy Notes works:
Easy Notes gives a fresh approach to teaching the notes that both the student and the teacher enjoy. When children are having fun, they are interested and motivated, and their minds are wide open to learn.
- Children love stories, pictures, and characters; stories fully engage them and children relate easily to them.
- It’s effortless, even pleasurable, to teach with stories. Kids tune in easily without having to really try.
- The Easy Notes resources are colourful and attractive.
- Children love using the magnets
“I like learning more notes. I like the stories ’cause they’re cool stories.”
“I like putting the magnets on the board and I like the pictures on them because if they were plain it wouldn’t be fun.”
It Caters to the Various Learning Styles of Children
Easy Notes is a powerful teaching tool because it caters to diverse learning styles, that is, different ways of learning. The most commonly referred-to are the visual, auditory, and kinaesthetic learning styles.
- The Visual Learner needs and likes to visualise things, so pictures and visual aids are extremely effective with these learners.
- Auditory (or Language-Oriented) Learners learn better through listening. They think in words, verbalise concepts, and love stories.
- The Kinaesthetic Learner processes knowledge through physical action. In fact, all children benefit from hands-on activity.
We all have elements of each learning style, but often one or two styles are dominant. Because Easy Notes caters to diverse learning styles it is effective with all students, and eliminates the frustration of students who struggle with note reading.
When you use Easy notes you’ll be teaching in harmony with the way children think and learn. With Easy Notes, even children as young as five can easily learn the notes because they are taught in a way which younger children can grasp.
“I like putting the magnets on the board. I like shooting Football F into the goal and giving Cat C some whiskers.”
It Facilitates Instant Recognition of the Notes and Links them to the notes on the Piano Keyboard
The stories and characters are ‘associations’ which directly link three things together: the notes on the stave, the note names, and the notes on the piano. As soon as the student learns a note through a story, they are immediately enabled to identify the note on the stave and the keyboard directly, rather than having to use a strategy, such as counting up lines and spaces. This greatly benefits their music-reading right from the start.
Through doing the theory exercises and the flashcards, and using the Magnetic Stave and Characters, the links are practised and repeated until, after enough repetition, they are wired into long-term memory. Then the associations are no longer needed because the notes are known.
“Whenever I see notes in music I just know straight away what they are.”
“I like doing the theory because it helps me to know the notes instantly.”
“The notes in my theory book help me to play the notes in my piano book.”