When Do “Simply Music” Students Start Reading Music?
Simply Music is a breakthrough PLAYING based approach. However, students that are new to the program often ask the question, “When do we start reading music?”
The answer is complex and roots from the core of the goals of Simply Music. Music is a language just as English or Spanish. One of the best ways to learn a language is to immerse yourself in hearing, speaking and starting to understand language.
Piano with Simply Music is much the same way. Students learn by PLAYING lots of songs of all different styles. Little children that are starting to speak aren’t expected to read at age 3 or 4. They are immersed in parents reading to them, playing games, HEARING others speak. It takes several years for reading to unfold and it is a step by step process.
Learning to read music with the Simply Music method is very similar. Around Foundation Book 2 students start the Accompaniment program. This helps students to learn how to follow a lead sheet and essentially teaches the eye to follow the page.
Around Foundation Book 3 students start the Reading Rhythm (RR) program and then the Reading Notes (RN) program. When students show a comfortability with both RR and RN, they start the Time for More Music book which has students learning to decipher the reading portion of the music. The students are taught HOW to figure it out which teaches them to teach themselves.
The program is complex and complete and takes time to unfold. Learning to read music as fast as possible is NOT the goal of a Simply Music student. The goal of a Simply Music students is to get comfortable in many avenues of piano playing from reading to playing by ear.