An overview of the skills and concepts covered in our Storytellers curriculum
Understanding how essential it is to have an overarching plan, we have laid out exactly how we approach piano learning in this skills and concepts overview.
Songs in C Major and A Minor
Chords I and Vb
Crotchets, minims, semibreves, quavers/Quarter notes, half notes, whole notes and eighth notes
Songs in 4/4, 3/4 and 2/4
Pre-reader - melodic contour with rhythmic notation
All note names as letters
Reader version includes treble clef notation
The Key Difference
Our cyclical curriculum and our system of differentiation are what makes our program different.
Each song has challenge levels so that each child can progress at their own pace.
A cyclical structure makes the curriculum flexible so that new students can join a class any time.
Singing for Success
Singing is a huge part of the learning process, enabling children, not only to make links with non-musical contexts, but also to internalise melodies and achieve rhythmic accuracy. Songs are far easier to remember when learning to play a piece, and they can help with the learning process; so we sing the lyrics, the finger numbers and the letter names.
Learning through games lends itself very well to the group setting! We can play games in order to embed knowledge and concepts, but also to evidence the depth of understanding. All games relate directly to the objectives of the lesson and of the song being learnt.
Technique from the very start
Our pieces build finger strength, 5-finger positions and a bubble hand posture. We have games and exercises that develop knowledge of the different sounds that can be achieved through the way that we play the piano, and these relate to the stories we are telling.
Supporting parents to support their child
We are so passionate about the importance of parents' role in their child's piano-learning journey; it is key to the child's confidence, self-efficacy, and perseverance. As such, we provide an area of our site where parents can watch practice videos for each lesson. This is in addition to the parent practice sheets that teachers are able to hand out each week.
Accompaniments help to bring the programmatic elements of the pieces to life, as well as making sure that everyone stays in time!
Our accompaniments are played on the piano as we want to highlight the many different and wonderful effects achieved on just one instrument!
Here is an example taken from our Jack and the Beanstalk workbook.
Storytellers has five workbooks, each lasting approximately 12 weeks. Each workbook is based on a story, and all learning, playing and gaming are based around them.