NOAH 101 : Lesson 1
Hello and thank you for starting the NOAH 101 course which teaches you how to teach and your child how to play music. You do not have to read music or know the notes in order to teach this course. Just follow the instructions.
Music is made up of notes and notes have names.
To help our students with reading music quickly and correctly, we’ve paired real music notes with animal names.
The most important note is the C note. For the duration of this course, we refer to the C note as Camel.
Above the C note is the D note. While teaching this course, refer to the D note as Dolphin.
Read this before you teach
- Memorize the camel and dolphin note names
While teaching, you must refer to the animals by those two names only.
Example: Don’t call the dolphin whale
- Press the turtle button
Right after the lesson loads, press the turtle button to watch and listen first.
- Play the lesson slowly
Because this is the first lesson, you should demonstrate (play) the lesson slowly.
- Let the child try
After you play, listen patiently while the child plays the lesson.
- Praise the effort
Never criticize, regardless of how it went.
If you feel that things didn’t go well, suggest to watch and listen once more (turtle button) and then try again. Have the child repeat the lesson a total of 3 times.
If you have time, read “How to be an amazing teacher” (see below) and when ready, load lesson one.
Here is our first lesson
Our first music lesson (pictured below) is made up of 2 C notes, 2 D notes and ends with 3 C notes.
Hopefully, your best student was able to play the above lesson and if all went well, then you should follow up with the bonus lesson. Hint! It’s best to take a little break in between the lessons and have a chat about the animals.
How to be an amazing teacher
Do you remember your favorite teacher? If yes then you most likely do so because she/he had a “special way” of presenting the curriculum. Little Composers is more than apps and lessons. We turn moms into music teachers and if you want to become the kind of teacher that a student remembers for ever, then practice the following.
- Ask questions
Gifted teachers have a natural ability to always do the five points listed above.
Take a few minutes before every lesson and prepare yourself with the topic.
NEVER just open the app and let your child fool around. That only wastes time and does not teach.
Instead, read the info we provide on each of the lesson pages and then start the lessons.
NOAH is the only app that teaches children who are still at the pre-reading stage. Therefore, you need to explain each lesson to the child. Just follow the instructions and you will be an amazing teacher.
Sounds easy but sadly, we live in a busy world. Listening takes time so please make time and don’t rush the lessons. Our way of teaching is based on listening to the child not just as it plays the melodies, but also to the answers which we’ll cover in the next paragraph.
4 Ask questions
Asking the right questions is what differentiates the good from the bad teachers. Asking the right questions and then let the child exlain/answer is the best way to teach. We will dedicate a portion of each lesson to give you questions to ask as well as what to listen for as the child answers.
Lesson 1 sample questions
Who has a longer nose. The elephant or the camel?
Who is a better swimmer. The dolphin of the elephant?
Make up more questions about strength, weight and so on.
All of the above is useless if you don’t praise.
You know your child better than anyone else does so praise accordingly. We will always remind you and if in doubt, praise. Children thrive when their progress and efforts are rewarded with words of praise.
Example: While “Little Kathy” listens, tell another “grown-up” how smart “Little Katy” is. Continue on of what was learned today and how amazed you are the she remembered all (or almost all) of the animal names.
Ideally, the other person reacts positively but in disbelief. Would little Kathy be able to explain what she learned today once more to prove that it’s really true?
Registration opens Wednesday, July 8
We always place a big blue Load Lesson 1 button when it’s time to load the lesson.
Just press your web browser’s BACK button once. Navigating the lessons and instructions is the same as web browsing.
When finished, just close the browser.
Web apps don’t need to be closed because their are, more or less, web pages.
Just press reload in your browser menu or go back one page and load the lesson again. Both ways work.
The 10 lessons load a modified version of the NOAH. The full version comes with 1000’s of built-in lessons that can be edited and much more.