Understanding the Language of Music in 3 Steps
At Allegro School of Music we focus on not just teaching students how to play the piano or violin but we help them understand the language of music. Knowledge of the instrument - You must know your instrument and where all the keys are. For example on the piano is the keyboard, it is very important to be able to find any key The second it is important to able to recognize the note on the staff. We call it reading music notes but memorizing where on the scale each note is takes out the guesswork and makes it more fluid. It’s not just reading notes. Its understanding if the notes are going up or down, being able to see if notes goes up or down, stepping or skipping, etc. Together this helps make reading music much easier and more fun. For young kids is important to be able to know the music A B C since in that case, we use the pre reading with note value and letters. We call this step reading music. Reading music consists of learning rhythms and note value. Note value is knowing which note is long or short and putting them together. Rhythms is a series of notes that make a melody. Rhythms have changed drastically in the past 500 years. The kind of music you hear on the radio with a rhythmic bass line didn’t exist when Mozart was composing Requiem Mass in D minor. Students have to train themselves to learn rhythms. Understanding the Language of Music in 3 Steps is a process that takes years to learn and a lifetime to master. We teach young children as early as 4 the basic A, B, C’s of music. Through our process we feel that we set our students up for success to become better musicians.