TEACHING Piano Adventures®

The Grand Staff

Lesson Book page 30

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  1. (Use a large Grand Staff without clefs. Show the student how to number the lines and spaces.)
  2. For the top staff, I'll call for a line. You point to it. (Do the same for spaces.)
  3. For the bottom staff, I'll call for a line. You point to it. (Do the same for spaces.)
  4. Let's mix them up. (Call first for the top or bottom staff, then the number of the line or space.)
  5. (Explain line notes and space notes. Use the example in the book, notes on the large Grand Staff, or other music in the book.) Is this a line or a space note? How about this one? (Continue)
  6. Put your RH on the top staff, your LH on the bottom staff. The RH plays notes on the top staff, the LH plays notes on the bottom staff.
Lines and spaces—count up, count down.

explore and create

First comes the Grand Staff—without clefs.

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p. 18 The Staff

pedagogy pointers

The transference of reading from unstaffed notation to reading notes on the staff is carefully planned. By this time the student can read and play quarter, half, dotted half, and whole notes and notes that move by step.

The student also knows the names of the white keys. Now it's time to connect these elements to the staff. The Grand Staff is introduced without clefs.

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see it in action

Teaching Video 29

Lines and spaces are numbered and Olivia is ready to find specific lines or spaces on her own. Now it's time to learn the difference between line and space notes, and this goes smoothly, too.

The Grand Staff (at the beginning, at least) tells you which hand to use, even without clefs. Philip and Patrick have fun getting their hands in place, and especially putting it all together for the Grand Staff. Hands up!

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