- Do all of my students need a workbook?
Yes! The workbook is an important part of helping the student learn from the tapes. It also enables the student to keep track of their progress. As students come to their lesson each week, they open their workbook, see which recording they are to work with, pop it into the CD player and listen. It is entirely self-directed. Very easy to use.
- Should my advanced students start with volume one?
Yes. Advanced students should start with volume one. I have never seen a student start with volume two, and make it past volume two. It gets too hard. Level one gives them the foundation they need to succeed. And yet, much of what is in level one will be review. So, here is what you do:
a. Acknowledge their knowledge. Say something like, ďWe are going to start a new program that will help you learn music like never before. Much of what is in book one is review; but, there are some things that are new and you need to practice them before going on.Ē
b. Challenge them and put the responsibility on their shoulders to progress. Do this by saying something like, ďGo through this volume as fast as you can and find whatever is new and make sure you master it. When you have done that, we will move on and continue to do the same with each volume until we reach your current level.Ē
c. Use manuscript paper. You may avoid having to buy a volume one workbook for them, by giving them some manuscript paper. Instead of writing the answers in the book, they can write the answers for the melodic and rhythmic dictation on their manuscript paper.
d. Verify the accuracy of their work by having them sing the sight singing examples to you. These only take about 30-60 seconds of your lesson time, but what tremendous advantages result.
e. The CD will teach them shortcuts. As they listen to Lesson A (the second lesson in volume one), they learn the short cuts for the advanced music student. The short cuts teach them how to get through volume one rapidly by going straight to those parts in which most advanced students are weak.
- How long does it take to work through a volume?
Each volume has 24-26 lessons. Each lesson lasts about 25 minutes. If a student does one lesson a week, it will take about 6 months to work through a volume.
- How old does a student need to be?
A student should be able to read and follow instructions. Although it has been used successfully with first and second graders, a good time to start is fourth or fifth grade. The main reason is research shows that a childís brain really doesnít develop enough to understand the theory concepts introduced in volume two, until they are about age 9. They can parrot it back to you, but they donít really understand. For the younger student, I would suggest trying the two volumes of The Budding Musician. Those focus on reading skills: activities to boost their ability to perceive and read music. They also focus on developing artistry in a child.
These lessons have an appeal to all ages from age 8-99. They hold a personís interest.
- Iíd like to use Excellence in Music, but donít have the time to learn to use it.
Take 3 minutes to read the introductory materials, then hand your student a workbook and the CDís and leave the rest to them. This course is self-directed. However, it is important that you spend about 1 minute each week looking at their work. That way, they feel you are interested in what they are doing. It validates their efforts and lets them know that you think they, and what they are doing are important.
- What if I donít have an extra room in which my students can listen to the CDís and write in the workbook?
No problem. When you buy one of our volumes, you can obtain a free license to copy each CD for your students. They can listen at home.
- Can I use this with any method?
Yes. You do not have to give up a thing. It works with Suzuki, Bastien, Alfred, Faber & Faber, anything. Teachers with computers find that this course goes way beyond what their computers teach. They use Excellence in Music to teach the concepts, and then have their students use the computer to practice the skills that were learned.
You do not need a computer, though. You only need a CD player (which many people have on their computer) and a set of headphones. There is nothing on the market that does all that this course does, and at such a low price.
- What if I donít like it? Can I get my money back?
We have the best guarantee in the business. This website will give you a pretty good idea what is contained in each volume. So, most people who are very pleased with the results they see in their students. If however, you buy it, and it is not what you expected, then send it back within 90-days all used, battered, torn, stained, and written in, and we will refund your money plus the postage.
If you have other questions, give us a call. We are happy to give assistance. Even after you purchase the course, you will find that we are available to help you succeed.
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