The Music Practice Funbook: Beginner’s Edition is a collection of sheet music and audio recordings designed to help beginning music students develop their playing and/or singing skills by making practice fun and enjoyable. Within each volume of the collection, you will find a folder for each of four traditional folk songs that contains the sheet music for the song and six audio recordings related to the song. The sheet music for each song consists of a melody part, a keyboard accompaniment part that uses block chords, and a guitar strum accompaniment part. This makes it ideal for beginner guitar lessons and other music lessons for kids.
This particular listing is ONLY FOR ONE SONG ("MICHAEL, ROW THE BOAT ASHORE"), but still includes all the accompanying tracks, sheet music and instruction booklet so you can get an idea of what the entire collection is like. See our other product listings to view the rest of the collection.
The audio tracks provided along with the Music Practice Funbook provide your students with the opportunity to play along with the recording. For example, a wind instrument student who plays along with any track that contains the melody would be playing a duet. Alternatively, a guitar student could play the sheet music strum patterns while listening to the melody track. Doing this would teach the guitar student how to accompany another musician playing the melody line.
We believe that by making the educational experience an entertaining experience as well, your students will be more motivated to practice, and hence, their musical skills will develop more quickly than solitary practice sessions might permit.
Folk music has several properties that make it ideal for students in the early stages of their musical education. First, it is often familiar to children in that many of the songs they first learn are folk songs. This is due to their inherent simplicity, which is the second property that influenced our decision to use folk songs for this project. They are easy to learn and fun to play.
Folk songs allow students to experiment and encourage creativity. For example, we have used only major, minor, and major seventh chords in the collection of songs that are contained in this book. Guitar or keyboard students can explore how using other chords, or different chord inversions, change the sound or mood of the song. Wind instrument students can experiment with how different note timings (e.g., a dotted quarter note and an eighth note versus two quarter notes) change the way the melody flows.
CAN BE USED WITH C, F, B-FLAT and E-FLAT INSTRUMENTS.