Where three year olds are eager to learn, they still get bored easily, they need to work with for short time periods and as frequently as possible. A four year old is not only eager to learn, but ready to concentrate on the material being presented. They can sit for 15 minutes or more and play a piece through more than once. If they are just starting, you will find that your student will move through the “Note Reading for Children” in about six months. If they started learning when they were three, they will soon be ready to move on to the “Timing for Children”. However, keep in mind that each individual is unique, and will move at their own pace. You might start a four year old that is less mature, and it will be more like working with a three year old. On the other hand, the child might be more mature and learn more like a five year old. On the average, they are able to handle counting to four without difficulty and therefore can be taught the basic principles of timing. They will love playing songs in the "Fun Book–One” and the “Christmas Song Book”. Their timing will not be perfect, but they are able to work on correcting their mistakes.
Remember, they are young, so keep your lessons short and fun. Use the often, "Animal Note/Standard Note Flash Card Set-Grand Staff"word clues with both sides of each card.
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