Ideas for Use
1) TO LEARN KEYBOARD GEOGRAPHY: Teach keyboard geography as shown on the keyboard side by drilling the ability to play on the keyboard and say aloud each of the standard guide notes: Low C, Bass C, Middle C, Treble C, High C, Bass F and Low F, and Treble G and High G.
2) TO CONNECT THE EYE TO THE HAND: Students PLAY AND SAY ALOUD the finger exercises as shown on the lower half of the keyboard side of the laminate under the keyboard diagram. This exercise is to be repeated over and over until the student see the intervals and also can instantly respond in their fingers. (The secret is to SAY and PLAY, always beginning with Finger 3.) During this drill teachers can observe and coach hand shape and use of arm weight, and can extend the drill by asking for articulation and dynamic changes.
3) TO RELATE THE WRITTEN GRAND STAFF TO KEYBOARD GEOGRAPHY: On the reverse side of the laminate is the keyboard geography vocabulary related to grand staff notation. Students are shown that they can find any note on staff or keyboard by identifying the nearest guide note and moving up or down a 2nd or a 3rd. By having this ability to de-code and play notation, students then learn to instantaneously coordinate what the eye sees with what the hand is to play. Of course eventually students will know each note name individually, but in the meantime they gain the pleasure and confidence of playing from written notation.
It provides an understanding of both treble and bass clef signs as equal parts of the same notation system. (No F-A-C-E or confusing jingles to remember)
It can be explained and incorporated briefly in a lesson. In-lesson use provides a diagnostic for the teacher to identify any areas of confusion regarding vocabulary, geography or notation.
It can be used by students independently during home practice, allowing them to decipher and play written notation in several octaves long before they have memorized all lines and spaces.
It provides a natural development of the ability to transpose by reading intervals.
It eliminates the question “Where do I put my hands?” on the keyboard.
It empowers students by providing a system for decoding musical notation.
It can be used with any method.