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My Weekly Music Lesson and Practice Logbook

Learning an instrument can be a tough and lonely road for the young student to travel.

Not only is this A4 sized booklet a helpful record-keeper for the teacher and parent, it is a supportive friend for the student so that great things can be achieved on their musical journey — by being organised.

Efficient, effective and easy to use this book has a double page per week and will cater for a term of lessons.

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Children love drawing and colouring-in, the features of this unique method of learning to read music created by Ellie Hallett.

The Every Good Boy ... method has its limitations in that rather than seeing a note of music and identifying it immediately by its position on the staff, beginner music readers tend to rely on the ‘climb the ladder’ process of lines or spaces to work out each letter name. Doing this for every note in even a simple piece can become a test of patience, and is a reason many beginner musicians give up learning altogether.

If I say the word ‘sheep’, you will see a picture of a sheep in your mind’s eye. This process is called visualisation, and without it, understanding spoken and written language is almost impossible. (Listen to an unfamiliar language being spoken. You will hear the words, but have no visualisation skills to put any meaning to what is being said.)

The Learn to Read Music by Drawing method is all about this visualisation. It enables the beginner music reader to identify each line and space note on the treble and bass clefs as its own self because of its identifying picture built on the semibreve note-head.

Another advantage of this method is that the position of each note’s physical location on the learner’s instrument - and its sound – are learnt at the same time as the notation recognition step.

Transferring note ID from the semibreve picture to the plain semibreve and other note shapes is done almost immediately. Field tests have shown that the visualisation of the picture happens in the mind very easily and quickly.

You might be interested to know that Ellie discovered that siblings and a class teacher were being taught this method by her field trial student without any prompting – because it is so enjoyable and logical.