The ability to play a musical instrument is a gift that can last a lifetime, but sometimes children can view practice as a chore that takes a lifetime. It’s important for them to view practice as an enjoyable learning experience instead of a mandatory work session. There are many things parents can do to encourage children to practice their instrument of choice and instill a love of music.
You're visiting a community of students, teachers, and parents who know that learning can be fun... that playing games is a great way to learn the basics of music.
The Lifetime Musician is an active participant in music-making, not a spectator. Lifetime Musicians have a music "skill-set" broad enough to be able to learn new music without having to listen to a recording. These musicians can read, write, think and create in the universal language of music, and can continue learning new music on their own for a lifetime of music enjoyment.
The cornerstone of a Lifetime Musician is the guidance of a dedicated, professional music teacher who understands the multi-dimensional nature of music training. This teacher follows a comprehensive music curriculum that trains the eye, the ear and the fingers, and develops higher order thought processes.
Music listening and reading skills are quickly learned and mastered when presented and practiced through multimedia instructional games. Students work independently, at their own pace, and as each skill is mastered, the teacher guides the student to apply the skills in higher levels of music performance.
The skills mastered through MusicLearningCommunity.com are the foundation of a Lifetime Musician. The learning games feature animation, musical sound, sound effects, scores, and timers to keep students interested and progressing. When taught correctly, and with patient practice, anyone, regardless of age, can make beautiful music!
Whether you teach in a private studio or a school classroom – instrumental or voice – this innovative website will become an indispensable learning tool. MusicLearningCommunity.com is a remarkable learning resource of hundreds of colorful, animated music games that teach essential theory and aural skills – a breakthrough Internet website carefully designed for professional music teachers and their students.
MusicLearningCommunity.com enhances your current teaching curriculum and correlates with all popular piano teaching methods and state/national standards. As students learn through games, they're reinforcing the music skills you've taught them.
"…once people play these games, they're HOOKED! And knowing that teachers can cross-reference the games with their method of choice makes them tremendously appealing."
- Michelle Gordon, NCTM, independent piano teacher
The pedagogy behind MusicLearningCommunity.com is solid and focuses on developing the complex thought processes required to read music efficiently and become a Lifetime Musician.
"We are so enjoying the site! It's working great with the Smart Board and classroom participation. The kids love it. We had a family night and featured this site. The Rhythm Factory game was a hit with the dads!!"
- Judi Reynolds, Southern Elementary, Fayette, KY
For one low monthly membership fee – $19.95/month – you and your students (up to 50) have unlimited 24-hour-a-day access to all the learning games at your studio and at home or any Internet-enabled computer. MusicLearningCommunity.com is Internet-based, so there's no software for you or your students to buy.
Many of our teacher-members charge their students $1.00 (or more) per month which is usually more than enough to cover MusicLearningCommunity.com's monthly subscription. Even after six months, the cost to the student is still less than the price of one theory book.
If you're not using a computer in your studio, your students can still play the games at home or from any computer that connects to the Internet.
Our teacher-members who use a computer in their studios get double benefit because students can do the Learn and Play levels of the games at home and then do the Quiz levels of the games in the studio computer lab.
"A tremendous hit! You have captured such a refreshing and wholesome tone to these games and learning activities. They are a delight to the eye, the sounds are splendid, the pedagogy is excellent, three cheers – and then some!!"- Mary Gae George, NCTM, author of Artistry at the Piano
When students play the extraordinary games on this website, they fall naturally into the learning process. And they're often so absorbed in "playing" that they don't even realize they're learning – discovering solid music concepts that are transforming them into Lifetime Musicians.
Parents are thrilled to have their children spending time online working on their music skills instead of mindlessly surfing the Web. They can see their child's joy in playing the games, and they'll observe solid progress as their child moves through the carefully planned curriculum.
"Start your students playing their way toward a higher level of music literacy, sightreading skill, and success."
Students think they are playing, but you know they're learning
Hundreds of colorful, animated games for music theory and aural skills (ear training) give students essential skills for effective sightreading
Students can play from the studio, at school and at home
Three levels of each game—Learn, Play and Quiz—allow students to learn or review a musical concept, practice the skill and demonstrate mastery
Challenge levels of some games allow students to compete with others around the world
Real-time assessment tools help objectify individual performance
Instant access to online Score Report—for teacher, parent and student—simplifies monitoring student progress
Target scores, high score boards and achievement certificates reward students' successes
For independent music teachers, curriculum maps are provided that sequence the learning games to match most popular piano methods, RCM and TAP, and many MTNA state achievement evaluations
Aligns with all state and national standards for music education for all instruments and voice
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