We listen and speak before we learn to read and write. Music is no different, we listen and sing before we learn to read and play. Building musicianship is important for every little musician to develop their musical sensitivity.
I reference Kodaly teaching methods in my musicianship class. This includes aural training, such as singing in solfege (Do, Re, Mi) in movable "Do" method, learning to play musical bells, playing rhythmic games and learning basic notation and theory through fun worksheets. I suggest children to start musicianship at the age of 4 years old.
After some musicianship training we slowly move onto the piano. We are now taking the songs we have sung using solfege (Do, Re, Mi) onto the piano keys, moving from the mind to the fingers!
We also create our own musical score together so children can easily understand the structure of notation. This can be made fun by colouring & drawing together too! As soon as the little one has developed their musical ears to a certain level, we will move on to playing techniques and reading traditional notation C, D, E.
‘Practise the Piano!’ This can sound terrifying to a child. It was my nightmare too, until I started to love music genuinely.
To encourage a passion for music in my students I introduce them to a variety of musical genres. Children can then choose what they wish to have added to the curriculum, developing their sense of self motivation and personal taste. Students are also assisted in creating their own practise plan according to their interests and abilities.