How the Animal Note Method Works

The system is set up so children of all ages can profit from its teaching method.  Even some adults who swore that they were totally unable to learn to note reads have mastered the skill with this unique teaching method.  The Note Reading book, as all beginning music books, has just the first 9 notes; each introduced with its word clue to help the child identify it location on the grand staff. For example, middle C is the Cat that has whiskers and lives in the box between the two clefs. The Timing book stays with these same note as it emphasize learning and practicing correct timing.  The notes are the children in a family and vary in age, like the quarter note is a 1 year old (count) toddler who can’t wash his face.  As a “child” is introduced with its story, 4/4 timing is discussed and at least one song (for the whole note) or more for each note value to allow the student to practice getting the correct proportion and value of each note and work on listen to the length of the notes as they relate to each other, thus developing good skills in this area of music before moving on in music.  By using the Animal Notes that are simple to read, the student can concentrate just on mastering timing.  The Fun Book, and Christmas Book do introduce some new notes out of the nine not range, as will the new books coming out soon.  The Moving On book for younger children we are working on now will not introduce the range of notes and theory as it is designed to help younger children prepare to move on the the more advanced Moving On Book.  The Moving On books present one page songs first in the Animal Notes and then the same song is presented in standard music notation.Again with emphases on what a child is familiar with, the family, the notes on the grand staff are broken into family members.  The first nine notes learned are the mother notes, the base notes, (low E,  Elephant, down to low F, Fish) are the Daddy notes and the upper Treble clef notes (middle A to high G) are the children notes.  Each note has its own word clue story to help the child learn each animal’s location on the Grand Staff of music.  The sets of Flash Cards have all these notes and a list of suggested ideas for word clues, the Animal Note on one side and the same standard music note on the other side of each card.  My students study these cards from the very first lesson using the animal side of the card first with its word clue, then turning the card to the standard note and asking what is this note doing and repeating the word clue.  Yes the children remember the notes as animals all their live, but also learn them by the letter names we use here in the States.  Other countries that do not use this system, but the Do, Re, Me system, can name the Cat Do to get the same mission accomplished.This is a creative and fun method of starting a student in music.  It is being successfully used in several keyboard classroom of schools, as well as by private music teachers and parents.  It is so wonderful to see a student enjoy learning to read notes and understand timing without frustration.  It is a gift well worth giving.

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