Most of us learn easiest when we can associate new knowledge with something we already know. Our knowledge base grows quicker and easier when we add new material to a known base. The Animal Note Method of beginning music education does just that.
When students whether very young, more mature or a beginning adult, sits down.to learn an instrument, one of the earliest and most difficult task is to master note reading and timing. There is so little to help them put this new information in prospective. However the Animal Note Method has put fun animal faces on each of the standard notes. The name of each of these animal notes starts with the same letter that is used for that note in standard music notation. (When using the Do, Re, Mi system of identifying the notes each animal can be named the appropriate name, like Do, the Cat.) Each of the animals have a simple little story to help the learner find the correct placement for that note on the Grand Staff and on a keyboard. Word clues for the placement of the notes on the guitar and violin is not as easy, but it is still possible and helpful. However, in my many hours of teaching I have not found our studio children have as much difficulty with placing the notes on these two instruments.
It is very difficult to learn correct timing when a student is not certain of the next note. The Animal Notes erase that problem so timing can be carefully and accurately learned, thus training the individual’s ear to recognize the length of sound correct for each note’s timing.
The Animal Note/standard note Flash Card along with the word clues help the student associate the face side of each note with that note’s back side (standard note). A regular review of these cards as the student progresses and the “Moving On in Music” books make the move to standard music easy and enjoyable. What level the “Animal Note” student begins playing in books written in standard music mostly depends on the age of the child, personality, dedication to music, and many other factors, but few have any difficulty reading the notes and the timing.
This method of beginning music is not only easier for your student it is fun for both your student and you. It is a “new kid on the block” well worth trying!