Hello there! I was hoping that some of you who teach young students might be able to point me in the right direction here..
My little daughter is 5 and has been playing violin for a year and a half. She has a great teacher and they seem to make a great team. She is about to wrap up book 1 of Suzuki, plays with the local youth orchestra, and has played in several small groups. She also has played several songs as supplemental material. This part of her musical education seems to be going really well.
She also loves theory.. She started the Theory Time books in the spring and blew thru the primer and book 1. She is in book 2 but we've been trying to slow her down because the books are meant for older kiddos... our limitations being 1. she can't read fluently yet and 2. Her handwriting is decent but not refined enough to easily write the answers in the spots given. As a temporary transition out of her theory books for a bit, her teacher introduced her to an Etude book that we are using for her to write in her finger numbers to assist with reading the music. In this she is pretty close. She can follow the upbow/downbow and slur markings and "read" the music if her fingerings are written in.
She doesn't mind the fingering exercises, but she is still begging for theory. So what to do? Introduce key signatures? She has already signed off on bass and treble clef note reading. Re-do the first couple books as a review? Are there any resources geared towards a kindergartener that is more than just clap the beat? This is not my field of expertise and I am a little lost.
Thanks in advance for any ideas/experiences/insights.
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