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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Yamaha Junior Music Course (JMC) - Book 2 & Updates

It has been 2 months now since Ian proceeded from JMC Book 1 to Book 2 and I am glad to see that he is still showing strong interest in music and would make his practice round daily for 10 mins without being reminded, most of the time, I would say. It was a great achievement at least in the mother's eyes as boys being boys, he was (and still is) a superactive and easily distracted kid since born.
Areas where Teacher Lilian focused on :

  • Learning two notes chords like ti/sol, do/sol, fa/sol & mi/sol through song playing while preparing them for three notes chords playing through hearing

  • Solfege singing and more on lyrics singing now (I find solfege singing really useful for Ian to play the songs

  • Playing with both hands

  • Starting to learn to shift their hands to different house positions ie. do/so/fa house.
In the JMC, children are not taught to play by looking at the score, but they follow the score in the textbook of the piece they have played. It aims at arousing their interest in written music. Ian enjoys "writing" his own song on his keyboard. Honestly speaking, occasionally some of his "pieces" do sound relatively decent. Lol....
My only concern with JMC was the method focused solely on solfege singing but notes reading, I observed Ian has had problems recognizing the notes though he could play very well when singing along solfege of the song.

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