Home lays out four parts to music classes: ear-training, singing, playing instruments, and performances.
Ear-training should be started with children as young as four. It begins with learning to sing at sight easy melodies; progresses to minor keys, two-part harmonies, and transposition and harmonizing of easy phrases; and climaxes with sight-singing in three parts, working with harmonies and counterpoint, as well as the basics of composition.
Home makes a fascinating point that beginner instrument lessons are best done in groups, in order to help motivate children and keep them interested in the progress. This group work then also allows the teacher to charge a smaller fee for the lessons, which also enables parents to consider having their child start earlier than they might otherwise.
Home urges that students at all levels participate in recitals, so that they all can learn from the experience. This allows students to encourage one another in their musical efforts and builds relationships among the students.
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