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#2071271 - 04/26/13 07:11 AM Music for little Mozarts
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I normally use MFPA for youngsters, however I just signed up a particularly tiny 4 yr old, and I thought I'd try out Music for Little Mozarts, as I've seen it recommended here. I'd be grateful for input from teachers who use this series.

I bought lesson book 1, music workbook 1 and discovery book 1. I should say these aren't commonly used here and take some time to arrive. There is no CD with them, though there is clearly meant to be one, does CD 1 cover all 3 books?

What do you get and what do you get students to buy? The discovery book, from the looks of it, is not worthwhile parents buying, it is full of written-out songs which the child is not going to play (I might, but why would parents buy?)

Next, the plush toys. Do you get each student to buy these? I'm not sure it's totally necessary to import little soft toys from America just in order to learn piano.... but the books do use they toys as part of the lessons. Is it really worthwhile?

The reason I am reluctant to use MFPA just now is this child is tiny, and will not manage a relaxed 5-fingers of 5-keys position for some time. Any other methods out there I should look at?
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#2071907 - 04/27/13 01:25 AM Re: Music for little Mozarts [Re: ten left thumbs]
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I'm just bumping this thread as I'm sure someone here has something useful for me! thanks.
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#2071960 - 04/27/13 06:39 AM Re: Music for little Mozarts [Re: ten left thumbs]
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I have used the lesson book and recital book with this series. I have never used the plush toys; we just read the little stories in the books that use the characters. I think it would be fine to save the discovery book just for lesson time and just have the student take home the lesson and workbook. At this age it always good to have some away from the keyboard activities planned for the lesson for when their attention starts to drift, and the discovery book might help with that.
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#2071974 - 04/27/13 07:45 AM Re: Music for little Mozarts [Re: ten left thumbs]
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Thanks, paws. I just ordered the cd and the plush toys, I'll keep the toys and the discovery book for lesson time. We'll see how we go. I'm normally quite skeptical of the need to buy this and that, flashcards, etc to go with a method, but this time I thought I'd get the toys because they seem quite important for the high and how on the keyboard concept.
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#2072460 - 04/27/13 10:12 PM Re: Music for little Mozarts [Re: ten left thumbs]
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Originally Posted By: ten left thumbs
..this child is tiny, and will not manage a relaxed 5-fingers of 5-keys position for some time.

Give her my student arrangement of Chopin's Etude Op 10 No 1. grin

(Here are the first several bars: http://i.imgur.com/qAbuvgc.png )
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#2072616 - 04/28/13 03:31 AM Re: Music for little Mozarts [Re: ten left thumbs]
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eh? Sorry I don't get it.
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#2072813 - 04/28/13 01:08 PM Re: Music for little Mozarts [Re: ten left thumbs]
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Originally Posted By: ten left thumbs
eh? Sorry I don't get it.

Did you view the image?
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#2072824 - 04/28/13 01:27 PM Re: Music for little Mozarts [Re: ten left thumbs]
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Yes, but I'm talking about a 4 year old beginner! smile
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#2072826 - 04/28/13 01:32 PM Re: Music for little Mozarts [Re: ten left thumbs]
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Originally Posted By: ten left thumbs
Yes, but I'm talking about a 4 year old beginner! smile

I know...I posted it as a joke because you said she couldn't play a comfortable 5 finger position...and people play the original etude to practice large arpeggios and wrist rotation, because they can't block the chords in the etude. smile

Would this one be better? http://i.imgur.com/A7iHPm0.png grin
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#2072953 - 04/28/13 05:02 PM Re: Music for little Mozarts [Re: ten left thumbs]
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Yes, loads, I think she's right into semiquavers!
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#2072964 - 04/28/13 05:12 PM Re: Music for little Mozarts [Re: ten left thumbs]
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Originally Posted By: ten left thumbs
Yes, loads, I think she's right into semiquavers!

Change them to whole notes, and make the metronome marking whole note=700. (That makes it the same tempo as the original 10/1.) ha
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