Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Teaching Lesson #1 - Discover, Learn and Play!

We've been using the Kore Series with just about every student on campus at DSM for a few years now and since the new version is starting to take off with enthusiasts and teachers around the world, I thought it was time to document how our team presents the software to our students beginning with Lesson 1.

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 - Discover
At 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 - Learn
Many 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 - Play
When 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. 

Click here to learn more about's Kore Series.


Anonymous said...

Where else are these Kore Series sessions being conducted? said...

The Kore Series is being used by individual enthusiasts worldwide and just recently has been adopted by a few large groups here in the states - most notably a 100 member choir in Texas.

We are very excited about the new 'online' format that allows us to market the Kore Series to struggling band, choir and orchestra programs as a cost saving alternative to private instruction.

And it's also perfect for manufacturers who want to offer the Kore Series as an education benefit with every instrument sold.

Only now that the product has been brought are we beginning to see its potential!

S. Vogel said...

I LOVE the Kore series! It's the best in every catagory. Cost, accessabilty, depth of curriculum, easey to understand, and go at your own pace.
I'm so glad my wife found the Dallas School of Music, and the Kore series.