Instrumental Method Component
Musical Magic Book 1
Book 1 Initial Concepts
Maintenance of Instrument
Wind instruments are given instruction on breathing before producing sound, phrasing, and the idea off borrowing value from an earlier note to play a new entrance in time.
Developing an internal sense of pulse is key, and foot tapping is encouraged, as it simultaneously indicates a sense of internal pulse and helps promote rhythmic independence.
Book 1 Special Pages
Fingering and Position Charts
Located at the beginning of the book, each chart shows the fingerings, positions, or keyboard placements of notes and the more common enharmonics.
Each book contains a page of rhythm exercises that are non pitch-specific, so that the student can focus on rhythms without adding the complexity of playing changing pitches.
An instrument-specific warm-up page is included in each book, appropriate for first year students and designed to develop a consistent warm-up routine.
Book 1 Concepts Covered
4/4, 3/4, and 2/4 are all covered, as well as common time. For the sake of reinforcement, each time signature is visited many times.
To aid students with mastery, initially like key signatures are used. Gradually, exercises that utilize different key signatures are introduced, and students begin to encounter varying key signatures on the same page.
Rhythmic values up to the eighth note and eighth rest are taught, with the dotted quarter-eighth note rhythmic combination introduced towards the end of the book.
Accidentals and Enharmonics
Students are introduced to accidentals, with specific songs and exercises created to develop student pitch awareness of issues such as E flat versus E natural, B flat versus B natural and similar comparisons that students often find challenging.
Endings and Repeats
Students are continually exposed to many repeat variations, including backwards repeat dots with and without corresponding forward repeat dots, first and second endings, DC al fine and DS al fine.