During the enrollment process each family learns that the Kore Series will be the main curriculum used in our sessions. Parents and students are excited to learn that musical concepts are the main focus of lessons (rather than 'songs') and that the material is available online.
Step 1 - DiscoverAt their first session, students are presented with a personalized binder containing lesson material, the 9 songs and a password to access the software at home. Depending on the age and previous experience of each student (we have 4 to 78 year-olds playing at all levels) we'll generally start by reading through the concepts introduced in Step 1. They are; notes, rests and the musical staff.
Step 2 - LearnMany students are ready to begin taking the quizzes after spending a few moments going through the lesson material. The software allows you to easily toggle back and forth to review and search for answers. We recommend that students be able to answer the majority of quiz questions correctly to best be prepared for the next step. There are 30 questions in each of the 3 levels of quizzes. We encourage students to re-read the lesson material and take the quizzes at home and make both activities a part if their practice routine.
Step 3 - PlayWhen a student is very young or has had absolutely no experience on their instrument, it may take several sessions until they are actually ready to perform the songs or exercises. Generally, students are ready to begin applying the lesson concepts during their first or second session.
There are 5 notes presented in Lesson 1 and our Support Centers include videos to help remind students how to assemble, hold, and make a sound on their instrument. The exercises can be used as a stepping stone to playing the songs, and 3 levels of play alongs provide ample performance options. A Note Finder is also available for every instrument and many students have found it to be quite useful in the first few weeks of sessions.
We sometimes supplement our curriculum with selected pieces from standard method books and the sequential nature of our program allows both teachers and students to accurately choose the appropriate level of material. It may take from 1 to several weeks or more to complete a lesson, again, depending on the experience, age and determination of the student. Many students can begin discovering and learning concepts in the next lesson while they continue to complete and play songs from their current lesson.
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