STUDENT FRIENDLY MUSIC
Out of necessity, our rural ancestors developed musical traditions that offered peak experiences and welcomed a variety of talents. The songs needed to be accessible for novice students, yet easily adaptable to challenge players as their skills improved. Each class promotes this brand of “student friendly” music, which includes the following five traits.
The cyclical structure, the repeating verses, the call-and-response phrases, and the captivating lyrics are characteristics that allow traditional songs to be learned in real time, while music is being played.
THE LINK BETWEEN PARTICIPATION AND ACCOMPLISHMENT
The more you play, the better you get. That's why Family Jam classes are designed to engage student quickly and keep them coming back for more. With each passing season, the songs get more complex and challenging to match the growing skill level.
Most cultures throughout history have taught music by ear because it is fun and effective. Ear training helps musicians "feel" the music and improves musical skills, such as recognition of pitch, rhythm, and dynamics. Ear training also builds working and short-term memory. For students with dyslexia, ear training is also a successful alternative to the difficulties of sight reading.
Traditional music is highly adaptable, offering lessons and new challenges for every level of play. In addition to learning a wide selection of interesting rhythms, compositions, ornamentations, keys, and idioms, adventurous students can push themselves with solos to showcase their speed and finesse.
While some pupils learn faster than others, the ones with tenacity and diligence eventually build the skills needed for a life of musical growth and enjoyment. Family Jam lessons take this long view, giving students the encouragement and space to learn at their own pace. Our gatherings, filled with family and friends, create a warm and welcoming environment that supports students of all levels.