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Would a kid like this benefit from learning “Every Good Boy Does Fine” (now)?

December 14, 2009

This kid is gonna be an awesome musician! He already is! Rhythmically, he can audiate pulse and meter. He audiates melody, and picks up where he left off in the song. Now give him to a music teacher bent on note naming and turn him into a robot, and see how fast his ear deteriorates. He could get by his whole life without reading a note.  Instead of forcing it down his throat, teach him to read after he understands what he’s playing. Teach him chord function, and tonality. Teach him to improvise. Teach it like a language that he already speaks. Or would we put the cart before the horse?!

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