QUOTE(barcarolle @ Aug 11 2005, 08:13 AM)
Morning - I am pleased to report that last night's lesson went down extremely well - he was delighted he was going to learn Coldplay's Clocks and from the moment he started having a go it sounded like the song. He left the lesson on a real high and I think will do lots of practice. How different from putting a beginner tutor book in front of someone, overloading them with information about time signature, note values, notes, bars, counting, reading the music, co-ordinating the fingers and then sending them home to play five consecutive notes all week that really don't sound like music at all.
I've asked him to work out twinkle twinkle little star (Digby!) for next week and am planning over the next couple of weeks to do some work on simple note values and eventually get him to write out the music for it. Can't wait till term starts to try out these new ideas on my other students! (all down to the professional development course I'm doing)
So pleased it went well - you sound really fired up! That's great.
A couple of tunes I find sometimes go down well at this stage are:
The Ode to Joy theme (Beethoven's 9th finale)
Au Clair de la Lune and Sur le Pont d'Avignon ( both French folk songs).
The Ode to Joy lends itself to some simple chord harmonisation,
and the Au Clair to harmonisation by various intervals once the tune is established in the RH. I've also used them for easy transposition.