Hi, I'm Lonnie Sands
I AM OFFERING THESE PAGES TO PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE THAT STUDENTS OF ALL AGES ARE EAGER AND MORE THAN CAPABLE OF LEARNING MUCH MORE THAN HOW TO SING A HANDFUL OF SONGS FOR A COUPLE OF PROGRAMS EACH YEAR.
YOU MAY ENJOY THINKING ABOUT THE FOLLOWING IDEAS.
WHY TEACH IMPROVISATION? EARLY MUSIC CLASSES WHEN MUSIC STUDENTS DROP OUT SING PLAY COMPARE? WHO HEARS?

EARCLASS DAILY CHALLENGE
PLAN FOR BUILDING THE MUSICAL HOUSE FOR PRE K - 4 STUDENTS
Only the ears can understand the connections between the different sounds of music.
The eyes can only know the symbols that represent those sounds.
A POUND OF UNDERSTANDING IS MORE VALUEABLE THAT A TON OF KNOWLEDGE

ATTENTION PLEASE
PLEASE REMEMBER THESE TWO RULES WHEN TEACHING THE EARCLASS PROGRAMS
RULE #1 - WE ARE NOT TRYING TO TEACH STUDENTS TO PLAY SONGS.
That would be about learning to perform where the goal is to sing or play every song exactly the same way every time. That type of thinking has no place in the teaching of IMPROVISATION. Every effort and every song listened to and played here should only be about trainning the ears and the developement of improvisation skills.
RULE #2 - OUR ONLY GOAL IS TO TEACH STUDENTS ABOUT 'CALL AND RESPONSE'.
This is the beginning of improvisation. To be done correctly the ears must be working properly. Beginning EARCLASS PROGRAMS are not just all about playing scales and chords but rather in the developement of ears that totally understand the Major scales in every way so that all melodies and chords may be heard as part of at least one Major scale.
Pre-Kindergarten - Standard 2: Creating music
Benchmark 3:  creates short pieces of music using voices, instruments and other sound sources.
All Elements -- * play known sound patterns to express ideas, feelings, and baisc concepts using voices, instruments and other sources * create own sound stories using spontaneous and known sound/music patterns to express ideas, feelings, and basic concepts
Notes: Example: -- Teacher plays a pattern, child or children play responses to create a "song" or "piece".

THE GOAL FOR ALL BEGINNING MUSIC STUDENTS
LEARN NEW PARTS OF MUSIC ONLY BY MAKING CONNECTIONS TO ALL PARTS ALREADY KNOWN
It takes longer to learn gimmicks than it does to learn the real thing and the gimmicks do not make needed connections for total understanding

THESE GOALS GUARANTEE TOTAL UNDERSTANDING IN ALL BEGINNING MUSIC CLASSES
These goals are arranged in this order so that each one leads to total understanding of the next. Of course, in every case, we know tons of related information but by saving all that until later we are eleminating clutter and therefore streamlining the learning process.
A WORLD OF EXCITMENT AND UNDERSTANDING FOR THE EARS
WHERE ARE THE HALF STEPS IN ALL MAJOR SCALES?    3 – 4  and   7 – 8 
This is the most beautiful and useful piece of  miracle information. It is the foundation of understanding for the wonderful language of music.
Practice Intro      THIS PROGRAM SHOULD BE EVERY STUDENT'S FIRST MUSIC LESSON.
Every child, no matter how young, who can opperate a computer mouse can build all 12 Major scales, perfectly, the first time they see this program. It instantly guarantees understanding in all future music lessons.
WHEN I STOP TELL ME THE NAME OF THE NOTE
This is the important program on this web site.There is no better practice for the ears.
Gliss Game     THIS PROGRAM SHOULD BE PRACTICED EVERY DAY
This kind of hearing is required for the learning of real improvisation. The GLISS program is exteremely easy to learn and provides fast and perfect understanding for young ears.
FIND THE FIRST BEAT OF ANY MEASURE IN A FAMILIAR SONG
Students can not become good creative musicians without a good feeling of time.
Rhythm Boogie     THIS PROGRAM SHOULD ALSO BE PRACTICED EVERY DAY.
Students can not learn to feel rhythm by writing notes. Only clapping can do the trick.
SEARCH FOR TOTAL UNDERSTANDING OF SCALES - THE FOUNDATION
WHERE ARE THE C's ON EVERY KEYBOARD?
We are not trying to learn the names of all notes at this time because just finding two C's helps beginning students reach our goal of visualizing the C Major scale and it's two half steps between 3-4 and 7-8. This guarnatees understanding when they see all of the other Major scales.
Lesson1 part1      HELPS STUDENTS UNDERSTAND THE PLACEMENT OF BLACK NOTES.
PLAY THE C MAJOR SCALE     The only Major scale that contains no black notes.
Lesson1 part2     Because it is all white notes the C Major scales is the perfect model for the understanding of all other Major scales. It is very important that students are asked to use only the index finger of the right hand when playing the C Major scale. Because trying to teach any kind of fingering, at this point, becomes a huge distraction that steals precious time from our most important goal of understanding how scales are built.
HOW MANY NOTES IN EVERY MAJOR SCALE?
Lesson1 part3     The first goal for this lesson is to see that there are 8 notes in every major scale. But the most important goal is to remember that the spacing between the numbers are always the same in every major scale. There is a space between every pair of numbers except the 3-4 and 7-8 where there are no spaces.
PLAY 1-2-3-4-5 ON RANDOM STARTING NOTES WITH THE RIGHT HAND
Lesson1 part4     Here we are only using the first 5 notes of the major scales and the goal is to see that because they are still part of a major scale the spacing between the numbers is still exactly the same as if we were doing the entire scale. There is a space between each pair of numbers except the 3-4 where there is no space. Guarantee total understanding with this lesson by having students play the first 5 notes of each scale counting 1-2-3-4-5 beginning with the thumb of the right hand and see that the 3rd and 4th fingers have no space between them.
PLAY MAJOR SCALES ON RANDOM STARTING NOTES
Practice 1     In this program pressing the Guide Off button removes all Red Guide Numbers except the 1. This forces students to remember the spacing of the numbers and build the major scales with no help. They all love this challenge and it gives them instant understanding.
WHAT ARE THE NUMBERS OF A GIVEN SONG
First Songbook     The goal of this program is to begin ear trainning by having students sing the numbers of the notes in a major scale instead of the lyrics. Only the first 5 notes of the major scales are used in these songs. Also after learning the numbers for each song students may very easily play them on a real keyboard in all 12 keys. What a thrill for every young musician.
BUILDING UPON THE FOUNDATION
SAY THE NUMBERS OF THE MAJOR TRIAD
Practice 2     The first goal here is to build the 12 major triads by finding the 1-3-5 of each of the 12 major scales. The most important goal is to hear the notes of each triad as numbers in the scale that generated it.
PLAY THE 12 MAJOR TRIADS ON RANDOM STARTING NOTES WITH THE LEFT HAND
Lesson2     This goal is to play the 12 major triads on a real keyboard. With this kind of practice students are building skills for producing harmonies to be used in their own musical creations.
SAY THE 12 BAR BLUES CHORD PROGRESSION   I-I-I-I   IV-IV-I-I  V-IV-I-I
12Bar Practice1   The first goal here is to help students begin to understand the meaning of chord progressions. The main goal is to train the ears to hear, identify and play the chords of the 12 bar blues. This will allow students to play, without any practice, accompaniments the 1000's of songs that are build on this chord progression.   
SAY THE NAMES OF THE NOTES ON A KEYBOARD IN A VERY SPECIAL ORDER.
Lesson3   PLEASE NOTE: The Circle of 5ths is built in this very special order to demonstrate the most powerful chord progression in all of music beginning from the earliest to present day.
Because of the super strength of the Perfect Authentic Cadence pieces of this progression may be found in every kind of music from the classics to pop to jazz to country and everything in between.
For this reason, all students must learn to play and sing the circle, in this order, in their earliest music lessons. This will guarantee better understanding when, in all future music classes, they are asked to analyze anything about any given piece of music.
Learning to sing it in this order and direction is an important part of the foundation of ear trainning. Teaching students to say it backwards for one reason or another delays the formation of this most valueable part of the foundation for the musical ears.
SAVING OUR CREATIONS FOR POSTERITY
SAY THE SEVEN LETTERS USED IN MUSIC IN ORDER BEGINNING ON A GIVEN LETTER
ABCDEFG    BCDEFGAB   CDEFGABC   DEFGABCD   EFGABCDE FGABCDEF   GABCDEFG
Lesson4 PartA      The first goal here is to learn to write the letter names for each major scale in the correct order.
Lesson4 PartB      Next we build each major scale. Then we look at each scale to find where to place the sharps and flats with our letters.
SAY THE SEVEN LETTER IN THIS SPECIAL ORDER
FACEGBD  FACEGBD FACEGBD
Lesson5PartA    The first goal here is to say the letter names in this order, for the spaces beginning with F on the space below the bass clef, and repeating them until reaching the G on the space above the treble clef. Also do the same for the lines beginning with the G on the bottom line of the bass clef and repeating them until reaching the F on the top line of the treble clef. The untimate goal is to notate the scales on the grand staff.
There are no gimmicks needed here. Using the red letter guides on the left side of the program along with what we learned in the Lesson 4 program this is a piece of cake for students of all ages.  
Lesson5PartB    The first goal here is to say the letter names in this order, for the spaces beginning with F on the space below the bass clef, and repeating them until reaching the G on the space above the treble clef. Also do the same for the lines beginning with the G on the bottom line of the bass clef and repeating them until reaching the F on the top line of the treble clef. NOTICE: This program also uses the A on the ledger line above the treble clef and the E on the ledger line below the bass clef. Our ultimate goal is to notate the Major scales and the Major triads on the grand staff.
There are no gimmicks needed here. Using the red letter guides on the left side of the program along with what we learned in the Lesson 4 program this is a piece of cake for students of all ages.  

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