Smart music

Miriam said: Jul 24, 2012
 4 posts

I am a parent of one child that at the age of 3yo decided that she would like to play the violin. Since I have never received any musical training I was delighted and frightned at the request. Nonetheless, I am happy I joined her in this wonderful journey.
Three years into it and we are going strong. Or should I say, she is going strong and I am on the verge of dispair. My dispair comes from my inability to hear the music properly as my ears are not trained. Now, I know I can learn, but her pace is all too fast for me. I found couple software to help me, but so far without much luck as they were too complex for my level of understanding. Then I came about Smart Music. I contacted them and was told that the assessment feature is not offered to any of the Suzuki books. I understand why, but this does not help me at all. So, are there a software that can give me an assessment of my child playing so I can be a more effective parent?
I appreciate any help you can offer. Be well


Jennifer Visick said: Jul 25, 2012
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What does your teacher say about this?

Miriam said: Jul 25, 2012
 4 posts

Actually I was telling her about the other program I found and she told me about Smart Music. She knows that I cannot hear the tune differences and also know that this would be for me to be more efficient in helping my child. I do not have intentions to have my child see which notes she is out of tune, but rather to point out that in a particular passage some notes are still out, so try again. It is hard for me to help her train her ear if I cannot tell her that there are notes to be perfected, do you understand me? This is a wonderful but extremely challenging journey for me. So, the instructor supports my idea, to answer your question.
Thank you. Be well

Kiyoko said: Jan 22, 2013
 95 posts

I’d love to hear how it worked out for you.

Do you play an instrument yourself? Even if it is just to sing, you could also try practicing singing some simple tunes with a chromatic meter (hardware or software.) It will help you visualize what is sharp or flat. I was a Suzuki kid, and my ear improved dramatically when a teacher of mine loaned a Korg chromatic meter (expensive back then.)

Interval training also helped me later on after I shifted to a traditional teacher. She also pointed out the natural resonances aka overtones that occur when you play chords and certain intervals. It helped me “hear” not only when I struck the chord right, but also when I played certain intervals.

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