Little Musician is using a combination of Encore on Keys and Music Mind Games curricula for our classes.

Encore On Keys

Little Bach

DURATION PER LESSON
45 – 60 Minutes

no. of lessons per term (3 months)
12

CLASSROOM CAPACITY
2 – 8 Students

Little Mozart

DURATION PER LESSON
45 – 60 Minutes

no. of lessons per term (3 months)
12

CLASSROOM CAPACITY
2 – 8 Students

Little Beethoven

DURATION PER LESSON
45 – 60 Minutes

no. of lessons per term (3 months)
12

CLASSROOM CAPACITY
2 – 8 Students

Little Chopin

DURATION PER LESSON
45 – 60 Minutes

no. of lessons per term (3 months)
12

CLASSROOM CAPACITY
2 – 8 Students

Little Tchaikovsky

DURATION PER LESSON
45 – 60 Minutes

no. of lessons per term (3 months)
12

CLASSROOM CAPACITY
2 – 8 Students

The Encore SMART System

The Encore SMART System integrates all of the essential music learning elements into one complete teaching method. It’s contemporary, vibrant, creative, engaging and comprehensive.

The Encore SMART System encompasses five teaching strategies or learning approaches – Snap Shot; Movement, Modelling and Gesture; Aural and Singing; Rhythm and Reading; Technique and Artistry.

Presenting students with a Snap Shot of a piece allows them to connect immediately with the music. They need to know what the piece is about and what it sounds like. The Snap Shot is also a process of setting clearly-defined goals.

Virtually all musical elements can be experienced physically through movement and gesture. This kinaesthetic approach is an important step in the learning sequence. Modelling encompasses a number of teaching approaches, including finger preparation drills, playing tuned and untuned percussion, and using a variety of props. The range of props extends from the use of Rainbow Rings, Parachutes and Streamers in Kinder Beat through to Keyboard and Music Staff Smart Mats in the Junior and Primary Courses.

Music is essentially an aural art form. Information acquired aurally is confirmed and reinforced through singing and verbalisation. Students develop an internal library of musical sounds and patterns through solfege/solfa singing. This is reinforced on their instrument through By Ear Playing and Singing (BEPS) of key melodic and harmonic patterns.

Rhythm is fundamental to all music-making. It is the framework that ensures there is a strong connection between all the other musical elements. The Encore approach to rhythm includes the use of speech (word) patterns and time names. Body percussion and gesture are used to reinforce and internalise beat, pulse, phrasing and rhythmic units. Reading skills are developed through the Encore Flash Card System. The Flash Card packs are specific to each level in the Junior and Primary Courses. Students not only learn individual notes/pitches, but more importantly, they acquire the ability to read and understand whole units of music such as bars and phrases.

Instrumental playing requires a robust and reliable technique. Without adequate technical skills, musical communication is limited. The Encore approach systematically embeds technical fundamentals into each course. These skills are nurtured and refined as students progress through each level of the Encore SMART System. Artistry is the ability of musicians to communicate their art effectively through performance, improvisation and composition. Artistic creativity and communication is the ultimate goal of the Encore SMART System.

Music Mind Games

Music Mind Games Materials

Music Mind Games Curriculum

By design, Music Mind Games is a flexible curriculum that continues to evolve and grow. Since guidelines are useful, First Steps, Second Steps and Thirds Steps levels have been established. We know that students progress in individual ways and have different goals and needs. Music Mind Games is most effective when teachers strive to be aware and in tune with students at each lesson.

The Curriculum Charts show how the subjects flow from one game to another and how they can simultaneously work together. Ages are included for guidance. It is important and such a joy to regularly play previously learned games throughout all levels of study.

To create and nurture music literacy it is vital for teachers and parents to help students make the connection from the concepts learned in the games to their actual musical activities. This can happen during a piano lesson, in a choir rehearsal, at a home practice session or while learning a new folk song.

Sequential Learning

The games and concepts in Music Mind Games build upon each other. For the most part, each game within a Subject Area is played in order. For example, RM-1 (Rhythm Math) is played before RM-2 and so on. Michiko suggests that games be played in order without skipping around so students learn in reliable, sequential steps. Teachers are encouraged to continuously assess (before, during and after games) their students’ abilities, respect their intelligence and make appropriate game choices. Are students having fun and are they happy? Are there “ah ha” moments? Are they able to get involved in the game itself and be playful? Are there serious moments when they’re thinking and able to figure something out on their own? When you say, “This is the last round,” do they beg to keep playing even if it’s lunchtime? These are all good signs.

List of Games

Is it a Match?

A slow paced-game of matching notes and rests.

Madrid Match

Without taking turns, students turn over cards from a center stack and place identical cards in piles.

Fat Snake

For young children to practice writing the ascending musical alphabets.

Puzzle Notes & Rests

Students add a puzzle piece to each note to create the next one.