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Playing Piano By Ear vs Reading Music

 

Before a child learns how to read English, it’s fair to say that by age 4 they should be able to speak it. Doesn’t that put the odds more in favor of them being able to read successfully? Sure It Does.

 

What if a child between 1 & 3 years old was required to learn how to read this before they were given any food.“MOM AND DAD CAN I HAVE SOMETHING TO EAT TODAY?”.  Wouldn’t food be a good motivator? YES. Would that be fair?  NO, because they haven’t fully learned how to speak yet.

 

Let’s apply this to Music. When students are taught how to speak music first (which is Playing By Ear), the odds of their musical success will drastically increase. By the time they are to learn how to read, they will already be familiar with the sound of music and how it works. Therefore seeing it on paper will only enhance their musical experience.

 

To learn how to be conversant in music and play what you hear, you can get started here.

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