I started taking piano lessons just before I went to kindergarten, and I actually taught piano lessons starting my junior year of high school. Teaching piano lessons has been one of my favorite jobs, and I love working one on one with students to teach them this valuable skill. Lots of teaching materials have been developed since I started teaching 10 years ago, and I feel like I have a pretty good line-up of lesson books and theory books to help students learn when they come each week. One concept that is necessary when playing the piano but can be difficult to teach is that of sight reading — Notebusters has been a great resource for my students!
Notebusters was developed by a music teacher and private piano instructor who was frustrated with the lack of note-reading practice materials available. Most music theory books cover note-reading but only spend a few chapters on it – she was noticing some of her students getting overwhelmed with theory before being able to command the basics. She developed NOTEBUSTERS to be a supplemental learning tool for children (of all ages) who are starting to learn music. One-minute exercises are designed to be simple and fun to complete, and the easy to track scoring system and “play me” challenges increase memory retention as well.
My favorite part is that each exercise only takes one minute — each of those minutes are valuable when you only have 30 minutes per lesson! I also like that there are so many practice exercises; many of my students are in early elementary school and are being exposed to reading music for the first time, so the repetition is necessary to ensure mastery before moving on to something more difficult. It also allows us to work on a page during our lesson and then for them to work on a couple of pages at home during the week without repeating any exercises.
Try out Notebusters today! We were sent a special code for our Dandy Readers for 25% of the Notebusters material:
Coupon code: 4KKPKN5Q
You are only able to take advantage of the discount through the provided link – it will not work on Amazon. 🙂
**This post was sponsored by Notebusters, but all opinions are strictly my own.