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Re: Beginners writing in notes
Sounds like this may help you. First of all they may not be lazy but need practice. EVERY new thing and even older ones - say note names and finger them as they say them. I usually have them say all the notes and finger them AS FAST AS YOU CAN. When they are finished stand up and the repeat (this is so others can catch up). When all are standing they then sit on your command. Next SLOWLY with met or drum loop (my preference is loop) say the note names in temp/rhythm. Start SLOW and many will fail but don't give up and don't get upset - just do it again even slower if needed. Demonstrate what you w ant. Do this for EVERYTHING. I usually start with counting rhythm,then note names fast,
So I want to get yalls opinions on Beginners writing in notes, then note names fingering slowly, then air play finger then play. Sometimes I repeat or add another step or two depending on what is happening. MAKE THEM say note names. DON"T ALLOW note names written.
To preface this all, I am typically very against beginners writing in their notes because I am worried about it becoming a habit that will eventually cripple their music reading ability.
However what I am coming across is that I have many students that are still at this point in the year that are struggling to read the notes....or if they can read the notes they are struggling to match up the note names and the fingerings. Whether that is from a lack of effort/practice or from other things is neither here nor there.
Is it worth the battle of trying to keep them not to write their notes in when they arent playing because they cant read it anyway or should I allow them (or even encourage some of them) to write them in while stressing to them that of course they wont be doing this forever (I always tell them its kind of like reading a book...they used to have to sound it out and now they can just read it like anything else)
and if you let them write in their notes what are some steps you take to try to wean them off of that crutch as they get older? (either later in their beginner year or as they get older into their JH/HS career)