Music _ integrate into classsroom and home !
Copyright 2013. Beverly Nelson. All rights reserved
Parent and Teacher Testimonials
"I introduced the E-Z Key Methods just before summer vacation and then continued in the fall. I introduced the notes, the color correspondence, the association with the food, and the musical worksheets. The students colored the worksheets and played the notes on the keyboard. Just before the Holiday Season I found the song, "We Wish You a Merry (Holiday) Christmas", and colored the notes to correspond with the E-Z Key Notation Through Rhythm International Color Code. All the students got a chance to play it. I also made a big chart of the song for them to look at, and then I chose one girl (she has Down Syndrome) who seemed especially interested to practice it, and she played the song when we had visitors from another class. The students enjoyed it and experienced a real sense of accomplishment when they could play a song. For some it was very slow (which is true of other areas like reading and writing), but it was great for all the skills it reinforced. I could not dedicate a lot of time, but thought it worked well and hope to continue to use the methods."
Special Ed Teacher, Ventura County School District - Bonnie Garcis
Note: This teacher used the Rainbow Book of Song to copy songs for the worksheets.
"A judicious teacher . . . could find the book's general approach an inventive, effective way to teach music literacy and early composition. An ambitious . . . music book that could foster innovative learning experiences for young children."
"What a wonderful tool for teachers to easily integrate music literacy into the classroom. The methods are engaging and can be implemented in the classroom without costly musical equipment."
Teacher for 12 years Masters in Education - Keri Lyn Bean
My two daughters grew up with the E-Z NTR Methods. My oldest in High School left home for gymnastics training. During that time she found comfort in practicing the piano, her only instruction was the E-Z NTR
Method for learning to read a score. (She did win Nationals, twice--level 10). My youngest was interested in the violin and took lessons, but there was a difference. She played the violin by following rows of letter names for notes, while using the E-Z NTR Method for piano she learned more as it involves the score, reading notation and learning fundamentals which lead to composing original tunes."
Mother - Mrs. J. Whittish - Yakima, WA
"It only needs to be known." Early Childhood Educator - R. B.
"Excellent for independent and Learning Center activities." - Teacher M. k.
"As a former music educator I appreciate the combination of skills provided by the E-Z Key NTR piano method. It combines basic preschool (color and letter recognition, for example) with an introduction to music appreciation. It is common for music not to be viewed in our society as an educational basic skill and so we ignore the skills of creativity, expression, and to some extent, mathematical structure. The methods may assist the classroom teacher in including music as a basic skill. The material can be utilized in a way that incorporates listening skills so that children have an opportunity to develop other than the mechanical skills involved in producing music."
Mother, Music Educator - M.J.D.
The E-Z NTR Music Center Book is designed to integrate music into early childhood basic skills, but the four composing methods can be included in elementary classroom learning allowing original composition assignments that correlate with units of study, reading, writing, and instrument playing; promoting class sharing and playing of original tunes. It's important as they use their own vocabulary. The Method encourages Music Centers with three ringed note books of students original compositions and familiar, cultural, seasonal, or holiday melodies. The book also includes puppets for each note of the C scale, rhythm band and movement suggestions, an edible alphabet that can be used to teach nutrition, charts and more; It should be recognized that reading and writing take practice as they are learned skills, so too progress will vary using the E-Z "Notation Through Rhythm" Methods, but students with various abilities can enjoy, learn, and experience some degree of music knowledge and skills that they may never have without music being included in their classroom curriculum.
Teacher and Author - B. Nelson