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#2025213 - 02/01/13 11:46 AM Re: Help with student - upset over reading music [Re: CMS5]  
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What a classic understatement by Jonathan Baker ...

“Most elementary piano students avoid actually reading the music and instead try to memorize instantly.”

The truth is WE ALL try to memorize ...
so as to avoid the agonizing slow sight-reading process.


This is no criticism ... just an observation of reality ... however, it is the snake-oil logic which makes me want to ..........

“The fingers may be far quicker and agile than the eyes.
And agile fingers can play faster than the ear can sometimes follow.”

Balderdash ... we are hamstrung by an antiquated notation system ... which fails to present the accurate graphic pitch and duration of notes ... and has bedevilled our sight-reading since the Middle Ages.Kind regards, btb



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#2025222 - 02/01/13 11:54 AM Re: Help with student - upset over reading music [Re: btb]  
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Originally Posted by btb
The truth is WE ALL try to memorize ...
so as to avoid the agonizing slow sight-reading process.

I don't. Reading is much easier than memorizing for me.


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#2025230 - 02/01/13 12:08 PM Re: Help with student - upset over reading music [Re: CMS5]  
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The chappie from Maine is obviously in a class of his own ...
how the heck can we believe you?

PS We've had this barney before ... however, the presumption in saying you can sight-read like a lord includes being able to
play a fresh piece of Chopin at the keyboard.

Well?

#2025281 - 02/01/13 01:10 PM Re: Help with student - upset over reading music [Re: CMS5]  
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Which chappie from Maine? (I'm not a guy.)

I'm not saying I sight-read like a lord (or lady). Reading is not the same as sight-reading. But I prefer to play with a score rather than without, and the score provides valuable information to me. For pieces within my level, I don't find even sight-reading to be agonizingly slow.

I've seen an example of your proposed alternate notation, and it requires making micro-judgments about differences in lengths and heights of lines with very few landmarks to help the process. That's not an improvement on the current system.


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#2025468 - 02/01/13 06:18 PM Re: Help with student - upset over reading music [Re: btb]  
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Originally Posted by btb
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how the heck can we believe you?

PS We've had this barney before ...
Yes, we have had this barney before, many times, from you. You'd probably do your cause more good if you didn't keep questioning the truthfulness of other posters when they talk of their reading ability.


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#2025702 - 02/02/13 03:22 AM Re: Help with student - upset over reading music [Re: CMS5]  
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The truth will out Aussie Bird,

The Chappess from Maine has come clean ... and likes to have the score on her lap while listening to the music ... and why not?

My apologies for for wanting to clobber Milady from Maine ... but whenever anybody tries to brag about their
sight-reading prowess, I go into Sherlock Holmes mode to
investigate the crime of exaggeration.

Originally Posted By: btb
The truth is WE ALL try to memorize ...
so as to avoid the agonizing slow sight-reading process.

The following looks a bit fishy.

"I don't. Reading is much easier than memorizing for me."

Sorry chaps ... I prefer a juicy steak to a piscine relish.

My aplogies if I bruised some tender soles.
Kind regards, btb

#2025884 - 02/02/13 01:30 PM Re: Help with student - upset over reading music [Re: btb]  
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Originally Posted by btb
My aplogies if I bruised some tender soles.


I am sure no one is bruised, but you generate more heat than light.

Best regards,

JB

#2025889 - 02/02/13 01:34 PM Re: Help with student - upset over reading music [Re: Jonathan Baker]  
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Originally Posted by Jonathan Baker
Originally Posted by btb
My aplogies if I bruised some tender soles.


I am sure no one is bruised, but you generate more heat than light.

Best regards,

JB


I disagree, the Springbok chappie is always a delight to read.

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#2025891 - 02/02/13 01:36 PM Re: Help with student - upset over reading music [Re: landorrano]  
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Originally Posted by landorrano
I disagree, the Springbok chappie is always a delight to read.



We agree to disagree.

#2026263 - 02/03/13 11:57 AM Re: Help with student - upset over reading music [Re: CMS5]  
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After reading SO MANY experience SO CLOSE to mine...

Is there a well-polished and tested method (book or at least set of procedures for teachers) for students Better-at-Ear whose natural inclination interferes with reading, generating frustration often up to quitting ?

I don't think the Better-at-Ear prospective students are that rare.

#2026649 - 02/04/13 03:21 AM Re: Help with student - upset over reading music [Re: ROMagister]  
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Originally Posted by ROMagister
I don't think the Better-at-Ear prospective students are that rare.

They are not rare; however, this weakness in reading could have been prevented in the first place, with proper teaching and monitoring. I recently accepted a great transfer student who reads music fluently AND follows fingering accurately. It all depends on what the teacher chooses to focus on.

Strong reading skills can be developed and nurtured. It takes a lot of patience, vigilance, and dedication.


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#2037183 - 02/21/13 08:50 PM Re: Help with student - upset over reading music [Re: Brinestone]  
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Originally Posted by Brinestone
I'd give him some flash cards. At this point, the "normal" way of teaching notes isn't working because his aural memory is allowing him to cheat. You can't cheat flash cards. They're less fun, but maybe he'll just have to get down to the business of learning the notes for the sake of learning the notes.


Just a personal note on flash cards -- I use them for younger students and they work well. First I go through them and have the student name the notes, then I go through them and have the student play the note.

#2037188 - 02/21/13 08:59 PM Re: Help with student - upset over reading music [Re: CMS5]  
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Just a add on to the flash card part only, sorry, no contribute about how to teach students who are upset with reading.
If you have ipad, try these two APPs:

http://flashnotederbyapp.com/ by Luke D. Bartolomeo

and

Piano Flash! Note naming app for iPad by Kristine Gore

Out of at least 20 APPs that I tried, I like these two the most.

Hope your students can have a little fun too when practicing on flash card.


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