OUR METHOD and method books

Musical Minds uses piano keyboards as our central learning tool
for teaching music, but it is important to realise that our sessions
are not simply group piano keyboard classes. Rather, they
provide a complete music learning system for the participants.
From the earliest days of western music, various forms of the
piano keyboard have been at the center of its development.
Today, vocalists, guitarists, string and horn players still rely on
the piano as the anchor for composition, harmony and structure.
In all styles of modern music the piano keyboard is key.
Using the piano keyboard, the Musical Minds method takes the
participant through five stages of development:

1. BASIC SKILLS ON THE KEYBOARD (Book 1)
Getting our kids playing familiar melodies is the first step. Basic
playing techniques can be learned while they practice their
favorite tunes, such as movie and television themes, and popular
radio hits. At this stage, the participants are introduced to bass
note accompaniments, so that they are able to play very simple
arrangements with both hands.  

2. MUSIC READING & WRITING SKILLS (Book 2)
Once kids are comfortable with finding notes on the keyboard
and playing with both hands, it's time for them to learn the
basics of written music, both treble clef and bass clef. At this
stage we also teach them about chords, intervals and inversions.

3. ENSEMBLES - PLAYING MUSIC WITH OTHERS (Book 3)
Music is not a solo affair; most musicians work with others. At
this stage we introduce our players to simple multi- part song
arrangements. The challenge of playing with other musicians,
keeping time with them, is daunting, but fun.

4. JAMMING - CREATIVE IMPROVISATION (Book 4)
Now our kids are ready to unleash their creativity. At this stage
we introduce them to the concept of jamming (ad lib style
playing) on songs and pieces of music. By teaching them major,
minor and blues scales, we show them how to find parts that
they can work out themselves, which will work in their musical
selection.

5. SONGWRITING & COMPOSITION (Book 5)
This is the ultimate stage of musical development. Creating
melodies and song lyrics from scratch requires confidence, but
the tools provided in this final stage open up the floodgates of
the imagination.

Once our participants have moved through these five
stages,they are well rounded musicians with an understanding of
their own musical potential. They will have much more to learn
still, but they will approach the learning process with purpose
and determination!