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Re: Beginners writing in notes
Do you want them to know the letter, or to put the right buttons down? The letter is an extra step in the mental process. "That note is G, and G is fingered like this," as opposed to, "That note is fingered like this." To that end, don't have them say notes without fingering. Obviously, right fingering but not recognizing the letter is perfectly fine.
Sounds more intellectual than most beginners will buy into, but I have found that almost all understand and have had only a couple that have insisted on writing notes. They quickly fall behind, and get with the program. The other thing I point out that really hits home is I hold up a note writer's music and point out that they will invariably have written in the name for the same note several times in a row. If that process worked, that would be unnecessary.
So I want to get yalls opinions on Beginners writing in notes.
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)