How do teachers use Easy Notes in the piano lesson?
It only takes a few minutes each lesson
Easy Notes doesn’t change the way you teach. It only takes a few minutes each lesson and, just like regular theory, doesn’t change your teaching, but supports it. You’ll find that these few minutes are an excellent time-investment which starts paying
off immediately, enabling students to read music easily and progress well on their instrument.
- Using Easy Notes is so easy you can learn it together with your pupil. The theory books are self-explanatory; let the books tell you what to do.
- In the very first lesson it’s best to leave Easy Notes till the end of the lesson. From the second lesson onwards teachers usually spend the first few minutes on Easy Notes.
- If in each lesson two pages of theory are assigned as homework, the books will be completed in the first year and will be effective in supporting the average beginner’s progress through their piano tutor books. As younger beginners
progress more slowly, one page of theory a week is adequate to support their progress.
Three easy steps
The following approach is an effective way to use the Easy Notes books and the Magnetic Stave and Characters in the lesson:
1. Mark Theory:
At the beginning of the lesson, set up a simple exercise with the magnets and have the pupil do it while you mark their theory. For a minute or so both the teacher and pupil are quiet and busy; the
teacher is marking theory and the pupil is thinking about where the notes go. Examples of exercises are given in the Teacher´s Handbook (which comes with the Magnetic Stave and Characters set).
Then you can turn your full attention to the pupil and ask them to do one or two more exercises with the magnets, or with the flashcards, in order to confirm all the notes covered so far, or a selection
of notes, such as C Position treble notes, or all of the G Position notes.
3. New Theory Pages:
Turn to the next theory pages and read any new stories to the pupil, confirming any new ideas by placing the relevant magnets on the stave or on the keyboard, or having the pupil do it. You can
then assign the pages as homework, making sure the pupil knows how to do the exercises. It only takes a few minutes of lesson time, an excellent time-investment which results in students who can read music easily and have fun learning
to do it!