We would like to thank so many of you for the feedback that you have sent to us. The little anecdotes and stories that you relay to us give us great pleasure as it confirms that children really can learn the notes easily in a way that is fun, entertaining and engaging. Best of all, you as teachers no longer have to battle with methods of teaching notes that are not suited to children, and can instead enjoy a fun time together with your students while they learn the ABC of music, the learning of the notes on the stave and keyboard. Without this knowledge, their musical future really is limited.
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I am so, so glad I am using your fantastic method! Kids are reading so much faster and I even use the character association with older students when they get a little forgetful! They giggle which usually means they will remember better!
I am really excited about your system of teaching kids to read. From what I see on your website, I know already that this will work very well. The boring and long time spent in lessons with the student’s finger to the page and whispering EGBD…. then often getting RH mixed with LH – GBDFA is at long last going to come to an end.
Hi Rebecca! I would like to order your Level 2 book. I used Book 1 with one of my daughters and she loved it….I am “sold” on your method – so much easier than the traditional way! I just regret that I didn’t take time to teach her with it sooner.
I have just got the parcel, it took only a week. Thank you for sending it to me, but, most of all, thank you for creating such a wonderful system! This is a missing link in other piano methods – connecting notes to appropriate keys and doing it in unison with the child’s developmental ability to understand abstract symbols. I am a Dalcroze Eurhythmics teacher (teaching music through movement) and all those animals and Boy and Girl will inspire movement activities that I employ during my piano lessons. Thanks again!
I just wanted to let you know how excited my younger students are about reading notes now. They love your system, the white board and all the characters. I even have some children with low ability who are starting to make the connections.
I have found that my beginner students have picked up reading of the notes so much better being able to associate the notes with pictures.
It’s fun. That’s what’s been missing all these years, fun!!
I have had great success using easy notes. 3 pupils are finding it a lot easier to recognise notes and they enjoy using it!
The concept is GREAT and I as well as the students are enjoying the learning process. The white board is so colourful and exciting and makes it all such fun.
I have been using Easy Notes this year with all of my students at school from Year 1 – Year 8 and keeping a check on where everyone is up to. They all absolutely adore the books and stories and use the names of the notes to work them all out on the keyboard. It has definitely helped their keyboard geography.
I have enjoyed using your Easy Notes books. My 6yr old girls really love the magnets and look forward to their lessons, such a change in teaching style for me and most productive – at last the girls are learning. Yea!
I have a six year old girl/pupil who always (quite impatiently) keeps asking ‘Can we do the magnet board now?’ ’Have you remembered we haven’t done the magnet board yet?’ And when I say okay let’s do it …………………… exclamations of glee including ‘okay cool’ ‘yippee’ ‘ oooooooohhhhhhhhhh I just LOVE IT!!
The pupils that I have been using Easy Notes with absolutely love using the books and the magnet board. I have been really pleased with how using them has helped especially the younger ones with their grasp on where the notes are on the keyboard and on the stave. It has been a breakthrough for one of my pupils!
The magnet board and books are going well. The children I teach in a variety of ages are enjoying using the magnets and learning the note names. I have always enjoyed teaching using flashcards and different props so this is another great tool to use. Its heaps of fun, kids love the magnets – I teach individuals and groups and it’s very successful. I will spread the word to other Teachers about the system.
I have always been a fan of flashcards and now that I have Easy Notes it has made this part of my teaching fun and exciting for my pupils. My pupils absolutely love them and so do I. They really do work.
Easy Notes has been extremely effective in helping students learn the names of the notes. They are instantly able to recognize the notes they have learned so far. Progression develops steadily each music session.
The character association has helped students easily recall the names of the notes. Although I have not kept strictly to the ‘story’ it becomes an activity of learning and fun. It has taken the chore and slog out of theory. The kinaesthetic approach to the learning of notes of the staff has become a valuable tool to learning theory of music at this beginning level.
It has been easy for me to use – the magnet board, magnets and characters are kept out for daily use. Not too cumbersome and very user friendly.
The set I purchased from your Dunedin visit is very popular with my grandchildren. At 4 ½ and 6 years of age, and of course “very musical” (says their proud Granny) the magnetic board and notes was a great follow up from the piano lessons they always get when they come to visit. Your storybook idea worked well and it was used in conjunction with reading from a more “traditional” tutor book. The two didn’t conflict and they loved the idea of finding the boy and the girl and their pets and apple trees on the piano. I also know that a colleague has used her set for group teaching at a Rudolf Steiner school, and tells me her young pupils found it great fun.
I have only been using the Easy Notes system this term (2 weeks) but can already see some improvement in my students’ note recognition. They seem to really enjoy this different way of learning AND an unexpected bonus is that I have found that the lesson is more enjoyable for me – certainly much less frustrating! Thank you Rebecca!
I have been really impressed with your books and magnetic board and magnets. I have had all positive comments from parents and children. Even older children wanted to do it to improve their note reading. They have too. The children all think it’s fun especially the magnetic board and magnets. Some of the children love to get me to test them with the flashcards. They too are excellent especially the second side with the clues.
Also I have a 21 year old autistic girl who cannot read or read music who I am beginning to use this course with and she likes it. She has up to now played by ear and by copying what I do. We just use the board and magnets.
Parents have told other parents about the books encouraging them to buy them. I will do it with all my new piano students. Even some of my classical guitar students who are about to start theory and music reading I may use this course with as it is a fun way of introducing the notes.
I highly recommend this course and encourage you to go world wide as it is excellent and so helpful for students to learn their notes.
I have been using the Easy Notes books and the children love them. They are learning the notes more easily as predicted and even the parents are learning and showing great enthusiasm.
We love the stories. My greenies are not so keen on Dad spraying the bugs but hey it is real life!!
Thank you, Rebecca, for dreaming up such a valuable resource.
I have been using your Easy Notes board and books with my classes of music basics students who are five and six years old. They have learnt the notes both on the stave and the keyboard extremely fast. They love the stories and often ask for more. I also teach a few weeks of recorder and violin to them and being able to read the notes on the stave quickly and reliably made learning more fun for them, and teaching easier for me. I will definitely be continuing to use Easy Notes with all my beginners.
Many thanks for a great resource.
I would like to say how much I have enjoyed using Easy Notes Books 1&2 with a young student this year. What I found most interesting was the enthusiastic approach by the student to using the books and the magnetic characters used on the board.
The stories are fun and something tactile to do relating to theory is creative. I have found the books easy to work with, with plenty of revision, and the flash cards are very useful for parents to use at home for note learning.
The stories contribute to making the theory-time a happy occasion. The anticipation to find out what the next new note is becomes encouraging for the student.
I also encourage the use of the characters names when working at the piano both in the music and keyboard. I find it a very successful method of teaching notation.
Well done, it is a very creative and fun way to teach theory.
I have used Easy Notes with some of my younger students to revise note-reading, and it is an instant success! I also recently gave it to a very musical 15 yr old, who got 91% for a Trinity Gr 5 Piano exam, but somehow still has trouble with bass note recognition, despite my continued efforts. I then mentioned that I have a new system designed for young students and we had a lot of fun introducing the lower bass cleff notes your way! He even suggested calling the note below the lowest C, “Bottom B” – his own contribution. So your system is working!
I have used the magnetic board and the magnets a great deal at Palmerston North Saturday music. I teach music basics. I have a lot of 4 and 5 year olds. It has been a brilliant resource.
Thought you’d be interested to know a fairly new beginner 16 yr old is benefiting most from Easy Notes at the moment!
My daughter has made her way through all the magnets and loves it. Even our 2yr old son parrots her.
Our daughter and her cousin had a great time making their own games and competitions using the white board these holidays at granny’s. Great way for them to learn.