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Eric, I've watched the rhythm exercises clips on YT. These are amazing materials. I've learned a lot just from watching them. What do you think, what makes these kids move? They seem to be unable not to move. Is it the way you chant and your voice or maybe the patterns itself? There is a lot of groove and drive in your singing that may encourage them to move. Don't you think? And I believe the idea is to move them first so then they have some context to repeat or improvise the patterns. Thank you again. I appreciate everything you do! Best, Marek
Yes, I'm sure we are on the same page! Best, Marek
Eric, all I wanted to say is that for playing and improvisation reading skills are probably not so important. It is different with composition. Don't you think that to compose you need to develop excellent reading and writing skills too? There are many examples of great improvisers whose compositions lack something essential - at least for me. Their compositions are never as great as their improvisations. Keith Jarrett is one of many example (I thought about his "In the Light" album) but there are many others in jazz and rock genres. Maybe in classical music it was different. Bach was great improviser and composer. The same was Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin and many more. And I don't think improvisations are the same as written compositions.
Hi Eric, another great article!!! I agree with everything you wrote. And decoding without audiation is nonsense. But I think we MLT teachers should be able to explain the difference between decoding and notational audiation in a more convincing way. Whenever I talk to excellent sight readers they say they can read - it doesn't matter they decode. Whenever I talk to academic teachers they can't believe when I tell them they decode and not read. The other thing is that we MLT teachers sometimes exaggerate and say that audiation (and playing by ear) is more important than reading and playing notated music. We forget that there are distinct differences between improvisation and composition. There are great improvisers (instrumentalists) and at the same time it doesn't mean they are great composers too. It may be subjective but I consider Keith Jarrett one of the best improvisers who ever wlked this Earth but at the same time I don't consider him to be the great composer at all. And vice versa, there are probably many great composers who can't play piano like Jarrett. Best, Marek
Eric, thank you very much for your wonderful and detailed answer. I don't have any more questions for now.
Hi Eric! Thank you for your excellent and very interesting article about teaching movement and rhythm patterns to young children. I agree with everything you wrote and will use some of your wonderful ideas and suggestions in my work. I would like to ask you some questions though as I am not sure I understood everything well. I understand and agree that teaching labels to children 1-7 yo is too early. Movement (and context) is more important then patterns itself - which are second important. Gordon said that movement is the most elementary level of instruction when we teach Rhythm Learning Sequence of formal audiation. When we teach preparatory audiation it must be the same. My questions are: 1. You said you always ask children individually to sing for you certain beat functions. Is it possible at all to do it with such young children? Do they keep steady beat motion or it doesn't matter at this stage? I teach children from 7 yo up and many of them can't keep staedy beat movements. But I guess you ask only to repeat singing without the proper movement coordination... 2. You didn't mention divisions/elongations patterns in your list. Do you sing them too? 3. Gordon said that an up-beat function is the most difficult. You said that the rest funtion is the most difficult. Why do you think so? 4. Do you have any video examples of your mevement exercises you do with youn children? There is so little of good examples available. Even Music Play DVD doesn't have much. I would appreciate it very much if I could watch them. 5. I like your idea of acculturating children to such variety of styles in rhythm. Do you use CD recordings to do it? If yes, what kind? Could you give me some examples of the good rhythmic recordings you use with children of this age? Again, thank you very much for your wonderful article and great ideas. Best, Marek Runowski
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