As painful as the routine of actual music lessons, ballet, dance, horse-back-riding, etc. can be, there is a reward at the end of the struggle. When taking violin lessons, piano, harp, cello, mandolin, etc. there are stages of expertise that you wander through and if you aren’t careful, you might think you arrived when you well…here is an example.
I remember sitting on the porch of an old Victorian house. Maybe 15 steps up to what they consider the first floor, led to the gate of the porch. You know the old shore houses. Six of my grandchildren, most of them three years old at the time, were playing in the sand table and water table. Two friends saw us and walked up the stairs to the porch where my husband and I sat. It looked as if we had a party going on. The kids were having a great time and were as focused as three year olds can get. The friends looked at the six of them and asked, ‘Are they all in diapers?’ One of the little guys was absorbed in the sandbox. With his head still down and still playing in the sand, his little hand flew in the air…..’Potty trained’. It was a great stage and of course, one to be aspired to since the rest just stood there with their fat little bellies sticking over their diapers wishing they could raise their hands.
Here’s another example. Stick with me, I’m going somewhere with this….I remember a group…large group of parents whose children were students of mine at a private school. The parents all wanted to play the violin as well. We somehow squeezed into the glass enclosed room in the library of the school and played some of the very early songs in my repertoire that I had harmonies for. They were at the beginning of their journey but sounded great. One of them told me that she played with a group recently and just played anything she wanted and it all worked. Now she was talking to a trained ear that had never seen that magic happen so quickly. Yes, if you know what key the group is playing in and you know chords and arpeggios for that key, maybe. But we weren’t anywhere in that territory yet.
At that point, sometimes, the student or the parent thinks they have gotten enough and runs off to use their newfound skill. Danger!!!
I remember one of my students playing with a group of teenagers. They were, of course, playing at songs. Not conquering any of them. But, it was fun and that was that. I knew there wouldn’t be any hope of wrangling that one back in.
They were all at the diaper stage.
Should I have stopped any of them from moving forward with their newfound skill? Not really. But by including that activity, I would have liked to encourage them to keep learning. Maybe one reason would be that if they continued to learn …..their regrets of the shoulda’ coulda woulda’s might have been lessened.
Why should a parent struggle through the years of fear that their child won’t perform well during a solo concert? Why fight the ‘I don’t feel like it’ or ‘I don’t want to’ confrontations with your child when it’s time to practice….or yourself for that matter?
Easy answer. Music lessons are a way to take you to a higher potential as a person. The skills and discipline learned through consistent lessons seep into the rest of your life and last a lifetime. Self-discipline in a routine and practice schedule is great but not why you will do this. Creating memories is fantastic, but again, not the end-all. Can you imagine, being older, the kids are grown, you have walked this whole path of growing into adulthood with them and actually learned a lot along the way, and then one day, you are all together for a barbecue or Christmas dinner and one of them grabs a violin. The others scramble for their instruments and before you know it, you are listening to the amazing results of your hard work. Your kids will have far more presence and confidence in their skills.
Another reason, and for me one that holds a lot of weight, is the development of the brain. An accomplished musician and another individual can both come down with a brain degenerative disease at the same time and the musician might not even notice it for many years because the structure of their brain is so dense. Our 7-Day Igniting Sleeping Brains Challenge does the same thing. It builds pathways in the brain. The combination of the ‘Scales Aren’t Just a Fish Thing’ music theory and the Igniting Sleeping Brains theory together would be like a growth hormone to the brain.
I use music as a catalyst to develop our brains. You could use something else for sure, but studies have shown that music actually changes your brain structure and that while the novice listens on the right side of the brain, the accomplished musician actually listens to it on the left side of the brain.
Kids today are learning to listen to the song and then play it. Fine, I’ve taught that for years. But the listening part is behind the left ear which means that it is processed in the right side of the brain. We want to work on it until we get it to transfer to the sequential study brain that thinks with the beta brain waves [(explained in the ‘Selfie Profile’ Master Class)] Something we will discuss as we wander through our lessons.
Be sure to sign up for a class..I will start you where you should be and we can have online music lessons this year. You will have access to mp4 videos, mp3 audio, and downloadable sheet music. The only difference is that we will do all of this online. Want to try it? Sign up and I will send you some samples so you can see just how awesome this is.
2-how to go around the short circuits
3- learn music theory without the roadblocks
4- Almost instant sight-reading of music
5- Tons more information
The Christmas Carol Online Music Camp is a unique method of speed learning to sight-read music. You will be able to play the songs in no time The violin fingerboard, piano keyboard, harp, etc. are colored-coded. You could do this for any treble or bass instrument. This series will include melody and harmonies and lyrics for 25 songs. Start today
Learn to play the violin, at an amazing speed with the color-coded music from Twinkle to Vivaldi and Bach’s Double Concerto. With the proper position and techniques, this music and the music theory card games and lessons on learning styles, short circuits, and how to avoid roadblocks, will speed you toward your goals.
1 Jolly Ole Saint Nicholas
2 Hark the Herald Angels Sing
3 Angels from the realms of glory
4 Angels we have heard on High
5 As with Gladness Men of Old
6 Auld Lang Syne
7 Away in a manger
8 Bring the torch
9 A Christmas Carol
10 Frosty the Snowman
11- Deck the Halls
1 2 O Little Town of Bethlehem
13 God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen
14 Good King Wenceslas
15 It came upon a midnight clear
16 Jingle Bells
17 joy to the world
18 O’Come all ye Faithful
19 Pat a Pan
20 Silent Night
21 We Wish You a Merry Christmas
22 A Holly Jolly Christmas
23 All Through the Night
24 Czechoslovakian Carol
25 Frosty the Snowman
The Christmas Online Music Camp is a course with over 25 Christmas Carols Online Music Camp – music for piano, violin (melody, harmony, and duet), and cello (melody, harmony, and duet) mp3 audio, sheet music to download, play-along music, with an interactive Facebook Group, Coaching classes, and Zoom Group lessons.
Carol Anderson’s Gum Drop Note teaching method has worked very well for our kids.
People are amazed at how well they can read and play music at such a young age.
Our daughter can play music she’s never seen before by sight, and our son is into Suzuki Book Four after just three years of study.
It all seems too good to be true, but once you begin to use the Gum Drop Notes sheet music, play along mp4, and card games, you will be amazed at how fast you learn music theory and the music you are studying and memorizing.
Videos to show you how to use the gum drop notes…..easy peasy