WHAT ABOUT READING?
The child's ability to read is NOT required for ANY of our pre-school music programs and is not an inidicator for predicting musical ability or potential. However, some reading is required for the kindergarten level books, and for the regular beginning books (age 7+) the student MUST be reading solidly at the 2nd grade level.
PLEASE ADVISE US OF YOUR CHILD'S READING LEVEL AND BE VERY HONEST ABOUT IT BEFORE WE ASSIGN BOOKS!
We want your child to enjoy and get the most out of music lessons, so choosing the correct system is very important. Whatever system we choose, the authors have carefully graded the reading requirements with each progressive level. Assuming we start your child with the correct books, your child's musical progress will move at the same pace as his/her reading ability, and as such reading ability should never be a problem in music lessons.
TEACHER'S NOTES: The teacher keeps an assignment book which the student is to consult weekly in regard to what is assigned and what are the goals for the week's practice/study. Our teacher's know to use printing for students in grades 1-3, but parent's may still need to decipher hand writing on occasion. For students not yet reading at a 2nd grade level, the parents MUST monitor their child's daily practice and consult the assignment book regularly for teacher's instructions, as the student may not always understand what is written.
BARE MINIMUM: All children taking private music lessons must know the numbers 1-10 and capital letters A-G (to read and to write), and must be able to write his/her own name. If your child cannot do these things, her/his spatial understanding and fine motor skills simply have not developed yet for lessons at this time.