Why Does the Animal Note Method Work So Well?

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!

A Mother Learns First Hand that the Animal Note Method of Beginning Music Education does Really Work

Two weeks ago the Mom of one of my music families asked me if she could please work with me to see what made the Animal Note Method work for her children. She told me that she had quit music lessons after a year because she could never read notes. “The facts are that all of my children have not only learned to read music, and play with good timing, but they also love what they are doing and music is an adventure for them.” We set up a time convenient for both of us. After much thought, I decided to start her the same as I had her children to give her a better understanding of the Noteimals approach to music.

The first week we carefully covered the information and songs in the “Beginning Note Reading for Children” book. We reviewed the word clues and used them to identify the standard note on the backside of each flash card. Then I picked up a piece of music being played by one of her older children right now. It is an intermediate level popular piece that she especially likes. I pointed to a note she had been studying and asked her to identify it.

“Oh, no, I can’t do that!” she told me.

“Yes you can, just use what you have just learned,” I replied.

She studied the note for a brief moment and the biggest grin spread across her face. “That is ’goat’ isn’t, and that is ‘elephant; and this one is ‘giraffe’!” “WOW, this really works! I am so amazed and truly impressed!

This week we moved on to “Timing” and the first “Fun Song Book.” She is so enjoying what she is doing, and her children are equally delighted.

The Animal Note Method of beginning music education just makes it possible for any individual to learn to play music and truly have fun doing what they are doing whether the individual is 3 or older. Yes, it is new and a little different than the standard way of teaching music, but when it is proving to be a better way for so many, why not try it yourself and/or begin that young child in your life on the road to true music enjoyment.