Everyone knows that conventional music notation is very difficult for a pre-school child to grasp, especially when trying to learn the ‘mechanics’ of playing a stringed instrument at the same time. To overcome this, Kay devised her own simple notation so that the child can concentrate on becoming comfortable with his or her instrument.
The youngster is led on to perform well while confidently sight-reading & composing with conventional notation. This takes place at his or her own pace over a period of one to three years.
‘Stringbabies’ is designed to be fun and rewarding! No slave driving, no regimentation. Structured home practise is gradually introduced as the program proceeds.
Each child has their own workbook, with the simple lessons in large print plus space for the own compositions. There is a separate teacher/parent guide to avoid any confusion!
A typical session will include playing, lots of singing & musical games, all with a strong emphasis on enjoyment.
Groups, if used in private tuition, are kept very small; this enables the teacher to concentrate on each child and develop the best playing habits right from the beginning.
Stringbabies children learn to play their chosen instrument in a happy, relaxed atmosphere. They compose their own melodies, sing, and advance toward reading conventional music notation in a natural progression, but at a much earlier age than is normal – some even before they can read!
As the young player progresses through the Stringbabies programme for their instrument, they naturally develop strength in:
- Early Cello, Viola or Violin playing (obviously!)
- Early, confident sight-reading
- Composing experience
- Singing skills
- Aural skills (listening)
- Rhythmic skills
- Posture, bowing and left hand skills
- Presentation and performance skills