Brenda’s years of experience teaching piano inspired her to develop a beginning piano course for elementary piano students of any age. She found herself regularly writing supplementary material so that beginning students were actually learning to read the notes on the musical page; that is, associating a note in the music with a particular piano key, rather than with the finger with which they play it. She also discovered beginning piano books progressed too quickly for some students to learn the notes as they advanced through the book. Because she believes experiencing immediate success keeps student motivated and many students did not make the transition from learning a single note on traditional flashcards to reading notes in a measure of music, Brenda developed her own method of teaching note reading in middle C hand position on the piano.
In 2009 she self-published her Effortless Music Reading Measure Cards Set 1 designed for the elementary student of any age, and for use by teachers, music therapists, parents of younger children, or in self-study by teenagers or adult students. The measure cards are sold either with a 16-page instructional booklet or as a Teacher Edition with a single instruction card, making the set more economical for teachers. The Effortless Music Reading Measure Cards simultaneously teach note reading and rhythm reading in the context of a measure in Middle C hand position on the piano. Each measure card has one measure of notes in 4/4 time with just the notes on one side, and with letter-counting on the other side. There are four cards for each note: a whole note, 2 half notes, 4 quarter notes and 8 eighth notes. Students who systematically study the measure cards move easily into sight-reading beginning piano literature in Middle C hand position. Parents and students alike are amazed by how effortless it is to learn to read and play music using Brenda’s method. The Effortless Music Reading Measure Cards are the perfect starter kit for teachers to use with their introductory piano students. Also available is a Teacher Edition of the measure cards that is the same set of measure cards, but includes one Instructional Card instead of the 16-page booklet making this set more economical for teachers to provide to students.
The Effortless Music Reading Measure Cards Set 1 are available through Brenda Freed’s Music Studio in Blanco, Texas, online from our website below, and at www.musicedmarket.com. Brenda’s accompanying Effortless Piano Playing for Beginners book is slated to be released and her Effortless Chord Playing on the Piano will follow.
Click here to order Effortless Music Reading Measure Cards Set 1 – with 16 page booklet. Price $10 plus $4 S&H:
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Brenda also offers a Teacher Edition of the Effortless Reading Measure Cards.
Click here to order Effortless Music Reading Measure Cards Teacher Edition Set 1
– no booklet. Price $7 plus $4 S&H: