The Music at Heart Reading Programme
Many children find learning to read music difficult and theory lessons boring. Music at Heart removes the sigh from sight-reading and puts back the fun into music theory, using the internationally-acclaimed Music Mind Games materials. Once your child has experienced Music Mind Games, s/he will never want to go back to traditional theory lessons. Parents also find the games addictive, and want to play them over and over again!
I am the only qualified Music Mind Games teacher in York, trained by Michiko Yurko, originator of the games. All children who learn with Music at Heart, whether following the Early Years Programme or the Recorder Programme use these attractive resources.
But I thought that Suzuki pupils weren't taught to read music!
This is a myth, perpetuated by the fact that in public performances Suzuki-taught children are usually seen playing from memory. They are not alone - so are all the great musicians, classical and popular, we see portrayed in the media! The ability to learn something by heart is an invaluable skill for any musician, yet many traditional-style instrumental teachers fail to develop it in their pupils, who are completely lost if their music is taken away.
Music-reading is integral to the Suzuki Method, but playing the instrument and reading the notes are taught as separate skills, just as the abilities to speak and read the written word are acquired separately when children learn their native language. By training the ear before the eye, Suzuki teachers are in tune with a child's natural development, and ultimately Suzuki pupils emerge confident in their ability to play both from memory and from music.