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Teaching Music Mind Games
Music Mind Games holds the attention of young children, is a support system for developing music students, instructs parents and provides guidelines for teachers. By design, Music Mind Games is a flexible curriculum that continues to evolve and grow. Students progress in individual ways and have different goals and needs so teachers and parents may follow their own time lines as they use Music Mind Games materials to enhance students understanding in a positive and vibrant way. If students begin their studies after preschool, certain games can be combined or even skipped, however, it is important to regularly review previously learned skills at all levels. Additional musical activities such as private instrument study, singing, sight-reading study, daily listening to music, original composition and concert attendance will help students progress and relate Music Mind Games concepts.
By participating in Music Mind Games students will learn to read music and develop skills necessary for understanding music theory and also be able to:
- follow directions
- develop a quick and dependable memory
- work well in a group in a noncompetitive way
- not expect gifts or rewards for right answers
- learn how to figure out answers again if necessary
- respect their teacher and fellow students
To help those parents and teachers who seek more guidance, curriculum guidelines will be posted on our site soon, but in the meantime, please refer to the Music Mind Games Handbook (pages 10 – 16) for a listing of the curriculum guidelines and more details for First Steps through Fifth Steps. The games in each subject area for each “Step” are to be learned simultaneously. Many games can be repeated from level to level incorporating slightly more advanced skills so the students are happily challenged. The information contained in the Classic Games, newsletters and videos can give you many ideas for how to use Music Mind Games. There are many new ideas here that have been developed since the book was published in 1992.