A desktop/laptop computer or a tablet with speakers so both, the helper and the child, can get access to an acceptable sound output. Whichever device you use, it will have to be connected to the Internet, to access our online course. In occasions you can use a mobile phone: the screen size will not be ideal but it would be an alternative when you have no choice.
You will also need:
-A properly tuned keyboard, piano, a printed out keyboard
-A drum with drum sticks or a subtitute (the table, a pillow, a box, a sauce pan, etc) for the rhythmic exercises
You will need a keyboard. This could be an acoustic piano, organ or an electronic keyboard. We suggest this to be tuned properly at standard pitch. If none of it is available u can draw a keyboard in a sheet of cardboard or print out our downloadable keyboard below:
Preparing your keyboard or piano
-Ignore this if you printed out our downloadable keyboard
-This instructions are for the adult to follow, once ready the keyboard can be used by the child
1) Look at how your keyboard is organised. This is an standard keyboard, about 60 keys, some have less and some a higher number of keys. Piano usually have 88 keys.
You’ll notice that the black keys follow a pattern of groups of 2, 3, 2, 3, 2, 3 etc
Do (also named C) are located on the left of every group of two black keys.
Spot the middle Do (or middle C), usually the closest C to the maker label. With your whiteboard marker write “Do” as indicated in the picture below.
If you marked the Do one octave too high or too low don’t worry, our exercises will work anyway as long as a Do (C) is marked as Do.
Once your first Do is written, carry on with the rest of the notes: Re Mi Fa Sol La Ti Do (there are two Do, one on the left, another one on the right which sounds higher).
MAKE SURE YOU USE WHITEBOARD WIPEABLE MARKERS FOR YOUR KEYBOARD, we don’t want the name of the notes to stay there for ever. Remember also to write the note names away from the path of the fingers as shown in the picture above, so we don’t keep erasing them as we play.
Your child might not be able to read words at the moment you are exercising with our programme, but don’t forget that the names on the are mainly to help for the adult to control the child’s hand synchronization. We want the child to be as independent of the notes names as possible, to link movement and pitch, sound and name but reading the name on the keyboard is not important for the child but a guide for you.
Spend five minutes per day doing some of our exercises and give your children a boost in their music ability. This is a music training plan for children from 2 to 9 years old, although it can be also started before and after that age depending on the intellectual and physical maturity of the child. As a visitor you have free access to the first lesson of every course. Most courses consist of 16 lessons. After enrolling you will have full access to the plans or course you have enrolled to. If your child is still not confident when practicing a specific lesson don\'t feel tempted to move on. If you do move on anyway, make sure you still practice the previous lessons in addition the new one. Don’t worry if you feel that you have been for too long on the same lesson. Every child has her own pace but relax, this programme works with every child in most of the cases.