14 Feb Home Schooled?
Music Education & Home Schooling.
Is your child homeschooled? Do you want your child to learn an instrument/music theory during the day time, but not sure where to start? Private music tuition is available at Bedford Guitar Teacher for your child during the day time because this is a full-time business and therefore are able to provide a flexible service.
Your child can follow a structured syllabus using the practical and theory exam syllabuses provided by either ABRSM, Rock School, TrinityGuildhall. These exam boards are internationally recognized exam boards, which means once they reach grades 6,7, 8, they’ll benefit by receiving UCAS points once they’ve completed either their theory / practical. But please note, that it may take a few years to reach this level.
“It can be difficult to teach music especially if you do not have any musical education yourself.”
When you’re a parent, parenting a child who is homeschooled, it can be difficult to teach music especially if you do not have any musical education yourself and even if you do, it’s sometimes best to hire private music tutors to help to avoid those awkward arguments.
Here at Bedford Guitar Teacher, day time teaching is available for the electric, classical, acoustic guitar as well as recognized practical and theory exams. Bass tuition is available but only on Thursday evenings with Claire 1700 onwards in the MK41 area.
A instrument of quality is usually expensive, so if you’re not keen to spend a lot of money straight away on an instrument and want to know if your child is committed, music theory is a brilliant way to make sure that your child is knowledgable and has a basic understanding of music before they even pick up an instrument. What’s brilliant about learning this way round, is that once they pick up the guitar, it’s a lot easier to teach the instrument as they progress. There are also cheaper instruments which are perfectly adequate to start with too. Please feel free to ask, and I’ll point you in the right direction. Unless it’s a classical guitar, anything below £100 isn’t usually worth buying and you’ll only buy something to compensate, later on, so you’re much better off saving some money from the start.
Learn music vocabulary in German & Italian.
Music is also a language of its own. Once you have taken the time to practice your chosen instrument, you’ll be able to communicate with musicians around the world, play the same music and perform together even if you do not verbally speak the same language. But you will have some vocabulary in common because when reading music, musical terminology, isn’t usually in English. It’s typically either in German, or Italian, and sometimes French – depending on the genre of music you’re playing and who composed it.
Bedford Guitar Teacher isn’t claiming that your homeschooled child will be fluent, but music theory will certainly assist with their language skills. Here are some examples in Italian:
Some performance directions in Italian
|Loco||At normal Pitch|
|Estino||Soft as Possible|
|Dopio Movimento||Twice as fast|
|attacca||Go straight to the next section of music|
|segue||go straight on|
|piangevole||plaintive, in the style of lament|
|lusingando||coaxing, ina sweet and persuasive style|
Some performance directions in German
|massig||at a moderate speed|
When learning to play the guitar, your child be developing co-ordination ability. Even if they do not consider themselves to be particularly coordinated, they’ll learn how to maneuver between basic chords and singular notes using different techniques such as hammer-ons, pull-offs, glissando, etc. Each technique requires pressure on the fretboard, so you’ll be changing shape then applying pressure, with the left hand, whilst the right is focusing on the rhythm using techniques such as alternate picking, strumming, fingerpicking, and eventually, sweep picking.
And possibly above all else, your child will certainly become a lot more patient with themselves as they will encounter stages of frustration with the instrument – it’s perfectly natural and can only be overcome with time and practice.
Maths & Music.
Mathematicians, often make very good musicians often make good mathematicians. Whilst working on your coordination ability, your child will also training your brain to be competent at practicing different rhythms dictated by the time signature, whether you’re in four four, (four crotchet beats per bar), six eight, (six quavers per bar) etc. Each bar is divided equally.
As they develop your musical competency, you’ll learn to count and play at the same time which over the years will become second nature. It sounds simple, but in practice, you’re using at least three of your five main senses: sight, hearing, and touch.
It’s worth noting that when you’re listening to music, we typically describe non percussive instruments as ‘notes’, whilst this is true, the scientific explanation states that we’re actually processing sound waves described as frequencies (notes) which are simplified into musical alphabets – similar to the English alphabet – A, Bb, B, C, C#, D, Eb, E, F, F#, G, Ab.
Music is Art
“There are several different ways of playing the same note”
Music is a form of art, as music has the ability to affect your audience’s emotions. Emotions play a huge part in whether music or another form of art, makes you feel happy, sad, loved, cared for, excited.
Whether they’ll be interpreting someone else’s music and even then there are several different ways of playing the same note, there isn’t a right or wrong way to compose music, although if you’re hoping to attract a large audience, a formulaic way of composing which follows a recognizable structure.
Guitarists, including myself, often learn by learning how to play first, then work out the theory later. It’s perfectly possible to learn this way round as I did and it wasn’t until many years into my playing, that I decided it would be a benefit to learn music theory. Undoubtedly it would have saved me a lot of time and struggle during my education if I had learned music theory first or whilst I was in my early stages of learning how to play and sadly, this is very typical and us guitarist (Excluding myself!) typically can’t read music.
Worst case scenario…
If it’s decided that the guitar isn’t the right instrument, then music theory will help whichever instrument is chosen because the guitar uses the treble clef, but the bass guitar, uses the bass clef and the piano uses both. So the knowledge gained and money spent isn’t wasted.
Depending on the student’s concentration levels, music theory with ABRSM grade 1, shouldn’t take more than 3-4 months to complete assuming you’re having half an hour lessons per week, plus time at home – which generally is what’s recommended for a novice. A recommended age to start lessons is 7 years.
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