Out of a high demand of parents wanting to put their preschool children in piano lessons, Grace Hanson, found herself in a position of teaching group lessons to preschoolers ages two to six. Many of these little ones did not have a strong foundation in how to count, nor were they secure in saying the alphabet forwards, never mind backwards. Traditionally these two systems of counting and the alphabet are needed in order to excel in piano. However, Grace Hanson was challenged to think outside of the box in order to teach these little ones rhythm, note recognition and keyboard awareness. They may not all have had a strong background in knowing their numbers or their letters but they certainly had a keen interest in animals at this age and so this is how the Fun Music Buddies system of learning music was created. Out of necessity and a deep desire to communicate how music works so a young learner could easily grasp musical concepts, Grace Hanson used animals. As a result, the Fun Music Buddies was born and to the mind of a young learner, music makes sense, it's made possible, and it's relatable making the lessons a boat load of pure fun and adventure. Here is hoping you will explore the music resources and videos on this site to get an idea of how it all comes together for success.
RHYTHM BUDDIES establishes a strong rhythmic sense in young learners even before a child has learned how to count. With the help of the Rhythm Buddies, beats are made consistent for the child for excelling retention, understanding, fun and performance quality. RHYTHM BUDDIES by Grace Hanson IS FOR ALL YOUNG MUSICIANS
PIANO NOTE BUDDIES are animal friends here to help young learners recognize notes on the staff in coordination with placement on the keys using visualization and association. This is especially helpful if a child is not solid in the alphabet. With the help of a visual picture, a story and a song, PIANO NOTE BUDDIES FUN MUSIC BOOK establishes excelling retention, understanding, fun and performance quality.
PIANO NOTE BUDDIES by Grace Hanson
VIOLIN NOTE BUDDIES are animal friends here to help young learners recognize notes on the staff for notes on E,A,D and G strings using visualization and association. This is especially helpful if a child is not solid in the alphabet. With the help of a visual picture, a story and a song, VIOLIN NOTE BUDDIES FUN MUSIC BOOK establishes excelling retention, understanding, fun and performance quality.
VIOLIN NOTE BUDDIES BOOK 1 and BOOK 2 by Grace Hanson
MONSTER BUDDIES-Sing and Play Piano, gives opportunity for young learners to learn a shorter phrase of music in context of a familiar song which establishes confidence, achievement, fun, and satisfaction. There are four books in this series and they are accompanied with practice videos. SNIPPETS AND SONGS, BITS & PIECES, NUGGETS & NOTES, and KRACKERS & KEYS.
Interactive Music Theory Games are great for evaluating what is learned in a lesson in a fun way. It also strengthens note reading skills.
It serves as a great reward after the lesson. Many students look forward to playing these games and it is a reason why students keep coming back for more lessons.
Is your child ready for or interested in piano lessons?
Check out these pre-recorded piano lessons. No piano necessary. Print out a paper keyboard and dive into the world of melodies with Ms. Grace and the Fun Music Buddies. Print out the paper keyboard at https://funmusicbuddies.com/note-buddies-games
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