Let's face it. Kids LOVE screen time! Vivo Harmonics now has a studio iPad, which can be used for portions of the class to help reinforce concepts like note reading, rhythm and theory. I thought I would share my top three "student-approved" apps with you today. They all cost around $5 each, but the last two can be purchased as a bundle for a discounted price.
My most popular app at my studio is Note Rush, which is available for iPhone, iPad and Android. The reason I LOVE this app is because it listens to students as they read and play each note on the piano. Your time will be recorded so you always know when you achieve a new personal best! It's a great alternative to a pack of flashcards and can be enjoyed by students of all ages.
Flashnote Derby is an app for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that turns note reading into a game! The biggest reason I love this app is because you can choose exactly which notes you want to work on identifying. Simply select the notes you wish to practice, and it’s off to the races. Identifying notes correctly will bring your horse closer to the finish line, while incorrect answers cause you to fall behind. I generally use this app for students who are 5-13 years old.
This app is great for beginners learning about rhythm and the different note values! Available for both iPhone and iPad, this app is tons of fun for even the youngest of students.
Dear Vivo Families,
As we approach the end of another successful year of music lessons, Vivo Harmonics is looking forward to finally announcing a number of exciting changes and developments!
Starting on July 1, 2018, Vivo Harmonics will be moving to our new studio location at the W.B. Lewis Business Centre in Pinawa. The new location will allow our studio to provide a variety of unique and exciting possibilities, such as group-rate lessons and programs.
To learn more about group lessons, click here.
New Location Information
Vivo Harmonics will be moving to a new location at the W. B. Lewis Business Centre at 24 Aberdeen Avenue in Pinawa, Manitoba on July 1, 2018. Our new studio is conveniently located immediately to the left of the Southeast Entrance.
Over the last few years, Vivo Harmonics has fostered an extremely positive relationship with all of its teachers and instructors.
Payden Schwab has developed a passion and love for teaching and we feel so fortunate to have had her as a teacher at our studio. She has inspired students to learn and grow as musicians and we couldn't be prouder of her accomplishments. This September, she will be focusing on her Grade 12 studies and University applications and will be taking a break from teaching this coming school year. We wish her the very best moving forward. She will continue teaching her current students until Saturday, June 30, 2018.
Victor Lange is taking the exciting new step of starting his own business, teaching guitar/bass lessons independently in Lac du Bonnet! We couldn't be happier for him and wish him the best of luck. If you wish to continue your guitar lessons with Vic, please contact him for details at 204-345-3734. He will continue teaching with Vivo Harmonics until June 30, 2018.
Hannah Lussier is moving to the new location on July 1, 2018 and will be offering summer programs and flexible piano/voice lessons during July and August. Beginning on September 1, 2018, Hannah will be available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings between 4:00PM and 8:00PM.
Please note that as of July 1, 2018, Vivo Harmonics will not be offering guitar/bass lessons. We understand and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. As we continue to develop our new location, circumstances may change and evolve, enabling us to offer a wider range of musical instruments. If you would like to be notified of these changes, please subscribe to our mailing list.
Summer programs & Registration Fee
There is a huge benefit to continuing lessons throughout the summer months, as it helps students maintain the progress they made during the school year. Summer lessons may be scheduled on Tuesday or Thursday afternoons/evenings throughout July and August. All students wanting to reserve a lesson time for September are required to provide a non-refundable registration fee of $50. However, by signing up for one of our summer lesson packages/programs, the registration fee will be waved. To learn more about our summer programs, click on one of the options below:
1. Flexible Lesson Options
2. Adult Piano Course
3. Band Instrument Introduction
4. Music for Young Children
5. Glee Club
To sign up for one of our summer programs, please fill out our Summer Registration Form.
Availability and schedule changes
Our current schedule will conclude on June 30, 2018. The new school year schedule will commence on September 1, 2018.
Lesson times with Hannah Lussier are available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4:00PM-8:00PM. Since there will be some moving around to accommodate the new location and other changes, we are leaving the schedule open for student's families to book on a first come, first serve basis, so please book your lesson time ASAP. We will do our best to accommodate everyone's first choice, however the form will ask you to provide more than one date/time request. Students have the option to participate in one of our summer lessons/programs, or pay a $50 registration fee to reserve a lesson spot for September.
To preregister for our school year schedule, please fill out our Preregistration Form.
To make things easier and more efficient for all involved, we are switching to a flat monthly rate of $85 for 30 minute lessons, $170 for 1-hour lessons.
We will also no longer be accepting cash or cheques.
Payment can be set up to automatically E-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org on the first of each month. Your invoice will be sent to you a week prior to the due date via email. A late fee of $20 will be applied immediately following the due date if payment is not made.
While we understand and apologize for any inconvenience that may arise as a result of these changes, we are confident that they will provide an overall positive experience for our students moving forward.
If any further clarification is required, or if you have any questions or concerns regarding these changes, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you for your understanding.
204 952 6480
Personalized Education Based on How You Learn
As a music educator, the most valuable piece of information I gain from every student is figuring out how they learn. With that knowledge, I can determine whether to use a visual, auditory, or kinesthetic or tactile approach to the lesson. I look at each student individually so that we can capitalize on their strengths to build their knowledge in music and determine what learning process they are most receptive to.
What does it mean to be a visual, auditory, kinesthetic or tactile learner? This is a question I have been asked by many parents and students.
There are two types of Visual Learners: Linguistic and Spatial. While both types connect with visual cues in their environment, they are very different from each other.
Visual-linguistic learners like to learn through writing and reading, and connect with and memorize the written language far more easily than verbal directions. Students who learn in this way respond well to doing musical theory and like to write down what they are learning. They often enjoy handouts and worksheets, which will help them to make connections between what they write and how it corresponds with their instrument.
Visual-spatial learners tend to struggle with the written language, but respond more to visual materials such as pictures, demonstrations, videos and flashcards.
I once had a 4-year-old student who was completely fascinated by my music flashcards. He had the entire deck of 50 cards memorized within only a few weeks. He would go through them and ask what each symbol meant, and he would create a story to fit my explanation. For example, he learned that a Sharp sign made the notes go higher, so he decided that Sharps were girls because they had high voices. Then he learned a Flat sign made the note lower, so they were boys. Then I taught him that the Natural sign made the Sharps and Flats go away, so he made the Natural sign the mean bully who scared the accidentals away. He created a whole musical world with these flashcards that allowed him to memorize their purpose and meaning in music. Within the first year, he was able to read music notation and understood all the basic musical symbols.
Auditory learners are people who learn more easily through hearing the material or instruction. They may have difficulty with reading and writing tasks, and prefer to rely on their ears to create music. These students may learn to play songs “by ear”, by listening to the music and figuring out how to play it on their instrument without reading sheet music.
A great example of an Auditory Learner was a student I taught 4 years ago. He was a teenage boy who had near perfect pitch. Once he heard a piece of music, it didn’t take him long to figure it out by ear. The downside of this was even though he was able to re-create advanced pieces of music; he was unable to read music notation. He struggled because after learning to read notes and understanding the theory behind the music in front of him, his auditory mind would take over after the second time attempting to play a song and he would unintentionally switch to playing by ear, no longer relying on the written music to guide his playing.
In order to help build his visual learning skills, I had to take away his ability to hear the music. I plugged in headphones so I could hear the music, while he could not. This forced his mind to switch to visual learning, and the results were incredible! His ability to read music notation soared and he was able to play according to his sheet music within a few months. This is a great example of how understanding how a student learns can help an educator create a unique and personalized lesson plan to help the student develop skills in all areas of music.
Kinesthetic/Tactile learners learn through movement and touch, and require there to be some form of external stimulation to learn. Students who learn in this way will have trouble sitting for long periods and will often fidget and lose concentration when they feel like they have to move. They enjoy listening to music while doing written work, and will do best if the lesson is broken up into different activities that allow them to use their bodies. I often do this through clapping games, rhythm exercises and movement games like holding your hands up and wiggling the different finger numbers when learning piano, or learning rhythm through playing different patterns on a drum practice pad.
One of my favourite activities to do with kinesthetic learners is lay a giant poster board piano on my floor and allow them to explore the piano using their feet and hands. This allows them to move and connect with their instrument through movement and touch and they can still learn how to find the different notes of the musical alphabet by placing large letters on each of the notes.
By understanding how your student makes connections and interprets information, you can create a healthy learning environment they can thrive in no matter how they learn, what level they are at or how quickly they progress. Every student is different; therefore we as teachers must adjust and give a unique and personalized lesson experience for everyone who walks into our classroom.
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Hannah is the owner of Vivo Harmonics Music,and has provided music lessons to students of all ages for eleven years. She is a business owner, teacher, musician, as well as the Communications Coordinator at an Economic Development Office in Pinawa, focusing her efforts on social media marketing and job creation.