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The best gift: freedom

4-step method for the study of a score

The best gift we can make our students€ An effective method of study! In an age so receptive and malleable, educate themselves in daily practice to a solid method of study means to acquire independence, develop self-confidence, gain self-awareness, awareness of its limitations and talents. That's why I say that the study method is the greatest gift a teacher can do to their students. If a pupil taught to play a song too hard to imitate or memory but not by a method, when it alone will have lost everything. If you teach him a method, he can if he wants to address other tracks alone, he does not depend on his teacher. Then he will be free.
The study of a score is broken down into 4 stages. Often do the comparison with the house and ask my students: "What are the basic steps in building a house€" There are visible and unvisible parts, structural parts and fittings and accessories that make the house habitable. This is the end result of building the house, as the execution is the result of a final study score. This comparison serves to make students understand the need for a methodical approach, able to lay a solid foundation to their execution. In fact, almost all the kids are excited to play but difficult to regulate their exuberance into effective action. Using the method of study in 4 phases they understand the difference between the trial and play for fun (the fake studio), and a genuine and conscious study.
Well, let's see then what is the method I propose, in its 4 steps

The 4 steps

1ª Rhythmic reading: decode the rhythmic component. Students read the musical rhythm patterns pronouncing the syllables associated with musical figures and breaks (I use the pronunciation of Kodaly teaching, with some adaptation) and simultaneously carry the momentum from their hands or otherwise. Awareness and rhythmic precision are essential! They are really the foundation on which to build our performance.
2ª Sol-fa Solfeggio: decode the melodic component. Only after reading the rhythm was completely assimilated, goes to sol-fa (solfeggio), or reading the note names using the rhythm just learned. Sol-fa will also be sung, where pupils are better. In this step I ask the students to follow with his finger the notes that they are reading, a practical mode of operation and to facilitate the concentration, especially for those who are less careful and disciplined.
3ª Fingering: setting gesture. The student says rhythmically the name of the notes (sol-fa) while closing the respective holes of the recorder (or press the keyboard silent, or touches the strings of the guitar), without sound. The skills required for the execution is remarkable, being very precise gestures, where a small shift can change the sound. On the other hand, proceed immediately to play tentatively, with unsatisfactory and ugly results, il risk to discourage the student and undermine the peace of his family. With the fingering you capture the gestural "structure" of the music and builds motor skills and habits necessary, without the danger of emitting sounds unpleasant.
These first three steps of the method of study does not provide for the emission of sound from the instrument, thus can be applied in a totally silent during the study of mind, both in class and at home.
4ª Performance: music at last! If the first three stages have been treated properly, in this final phase will briefly get an acceptable result in terms of emission of sound and accuracy of reading, brings satisfaction to the student to see a good result to crown his efforts.

General Criteria

- Each step must be repeated until its complete assimilation before moving to the next.
- Start studying fragments of the score fairly short, so that you can achieve the performance of that fragment within the same study session.

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da novembre 2008