Students need to learn how to sing a melody before they can learn how to sing harmony. Many students actually enjoy coming up with their own melodies, so teaching them to extemporize or improvise both melodies and harmonies is a great way to help them expand their musical abilities.
Learning to improvise in singing can then be carried over to the piano. Students can easily be taught to use the basic major chords (I, VI, and V) to accompany their melodies.
This will also help students to hear the natural chord progressions, without having to piece them together from looking at written music.
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