Music-Reading and the Recorder Programme
The Recorder Programme builds on the foundation of knowledge laid down in the Early Years Programme, gradually relating the Music Mind Games activities to the printed music with which we play and work: the written music of the recorder repertoire, solo and ensemble, tempi, dynamics and other symbols of musical expression, major and minor scales and their key signatures, triads and chords and the piano keyboard, dictation and sight-reading.
What about theory exams?
Many pupils who learn an instrument the traditional way, in school or through private tuition, receive little or no training in music theory. When they are ready to take their higher grade practical exams, they are then faced with the daunting task of 'theory from scratch' or panic-filled cramming. Pupils who learn a melody instrument (for example, the violin, flute or cornet) usually become very proficient at reading the treble clef, but don't have a clue when it comes to comes to the bass clef; likewise those learning the cello or trombone are happy using the bass clef but have no understanding of the treble. Theory exams require a knowledge of both.
In Maths, we don't expect children to do multiplication and division without first teaching them to count from 1-100 and to add and subtract from a very early age, yet when it comes to music theory, developing instrumentalists are so often expected to complete complex exercises before they really understand the basics. With the Music at Heart Reading Programme, pupils work with the whole stave (treble and bass clefs) from the beginning and are given a working knowledge of the piano keyboard, another invaluable tool when it comes to music theory. Music at Heart takes the 'Eeyore' out of theory, and theory exams are a piece of cake!