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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2006 6:59 pm
 


8O AAAAAHHHHHH! I don't know what to do .
My five year old just graduated from Sunbeams one . He has written one song and played on a mini grande at the school auditorium to received his certificate .
He reads notes just fine and also plays bridges just fine too , but full cords will come in sunbeams two . His music homework is four days per week and he sees his teacher only once per week . He is refusing to play the homework because he gets stuck and then just doesn't want to finish his homework even if I show him or play the songs for him . The problem is that he has refused to finish his work for more than a week now . I hope I'm not being too pushy and I have no problem helping him or showing him but does anyone know a fun way of getting a five year old to play cords . .(Pratice practice practice just seems too pushy and maybe we are putting to many expectations on him and should slow down a bit ). ANY THOUGHTS ? I'm more or less looking for fun ways for him to stay interested .


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2006 7:04 pm
 


What instrument does your little one play? (sorry if that's an ignorant question, I've never heard of sunbeams)

Maybe finding sheet music to some of his favourite songs would be helpful.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2006 7:15 pm
 


Here's your hint, xerxes :wink:
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I wasn't into music that young, but I was in various music programs from elementary school to college... I was never "pushed" to do something I didn't want to do (for the most part) and therefore always had a good time with it. The times I felt like I "had" to do it were the least enjoyable, and the least productive. The director in college wanted me to switch majors to music, so it obviously worked for me.
I also don't know anything about this Sunbeams program, but is it a private lesson type of program? Kids at that age are going to want to do things with other kids, so trying to force them to practice when they don't want to is only going to hurt their impressions of music.

Let him take a break, if he wants it, and he'll come back to it, for sure.

Oh, and get his hands on some brass as soon as he's old enough... anyone can play piano PDT_Armataz_01_11


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2006 7:21 pm
 


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Here's your hint, xerxes Wink
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Doh.

See, this is what happens when you have a headache for three days straight.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2006 7:23 pm
 


xerxes wrote:
What instrument does your little one play? (sorry if that's an ignorant question, I've never heard of sunbeams)

Maybe finding sheet music to some of his favourite songs would be helpful.


piano and keyboard although we havn't decided what instrument he'll play when he gets older , I suppose it will be up to him but would like to keep it piano ,keyboard , or guitar .

I like the idea of his favorite songs and he does respond more to them but they are not in his homework . The teacher complains a little that I'm saying one thing and she's saying another so I feel like I'm playing interferance . So I've been sticking to her agenda because there are 12000 canadian students under the same program , so it must say something for the program .

Thanks for the idea I intend to cheat that way whenever possible .


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2006 7:27 pm
 


No problemo.

I used to play piano around that age too, but I stopped around Grade 3 (for piano). Looking back, I do regret not sticking with it longer.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2006 7:33 pm
 


Blue_Nose wrote:
Here's your hint, xerxes :wink:
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mini grande



I wasn't into music that young, but I was in various music programs from elementary school to college... I was never "pushed" to do something I didn't want to do (for the most part) and therefore always had a good time with it. The times I felt like I "had" to do it were the least enjoyable, and the least productive. The director in college wanted me to switch majors to music, so it obviously worked for me.
I also don't know anything about this Sunbeams program, but is it a private lesson type of program? Kids at that age are going to want to do things with other kids, so trying to force them to practice when they don't want to is only going to hurt their impressions of music.

Let him take a break, if he wants it, and he'll come back to it, for sure.

Oh, and get his hands on some brass as soon as he's old enough... anyone can play piano PDT_Armataz_01_11


you are definitely right about Brass . Too many people avoid them and it would be nice to see , but piano is always a good place to start the little ones . yes its private lessons through a canadian program . The break may be what is needed , he worked hard on two songs for his recital . "Thanks "


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2006 7:59 pm
 


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No problemo.

I used to play piano around that age too, but I stopped around Grade 3 (for piano). Looking back, I do regret not sticking with it longer.


This is why I want to play the evil daddy to him :twisted: and besides we have plenty of different instruments here in the house ... we even have a ...Ucalayli :lol:


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