The Encore SMART System
The Encore SMART System integrates all the essential music learning elements into one complete teaching method. It’s contemporary, vibrant, creative, engaging and comprehensive.
There are five teaching strategies or learning approaches that are encompassed in the Encore SMART System.
Presenting students with a Snap Shot of a piece allows them to connect immediately with the music. They need to know what the piece is about and what it sounds like. The Snap Shot is also a process of setting clearly-defined goals.
Movement, Modelling and Gesture
Virtually all musical elements can be experienced through movement and gesture. This kinaesthetic approach is an important part of the learning process. Modelling encompasses a number of teaching approaches, including finger preparation drills, playing tuned and untuned percussion, and using a variety of props. The range of props includes Rainbow Rings, Parachutes and Streamers in Kinder Beat® through to Keyboard Mats and Music Staff Mats in Kinder Beat Piano, Junior Piano and Primary Piano lessons.
Aural and Singing
Music is essentially an aural art form. Information acquired aurally is confirmed and reinforced through singing and verbalisation. Students develop an internal library of musical sounds and patterns through solfa/solfege singing. This is reinforced on their instrument through By Ear Playing and Singing (BEPS) of key melodic and harmonic patterns.
Rhythm and Reading
Rhythm is fundamental to all music-making. It is the framework that ensures a strong connection between the other musical elements. The Encore approach to rhythm includes body percussion, movement, gesture, speech or word patterns and time names. This multi sensory approach is how beat, pulse, whole rhythmic units and phrasing are introduced, reinforced and internalised. Reading skills are developed through the Encore Flash Card System. The Flash Card packs are specific to each level of the Kinder Beat, Junior Piano and Primary Piano courses. Students not only learn individual notes, pitches and values, but more importantly, they develop an understanding of the relationships that underpin the larger musical units such as bars/measures and phrases.
Technique and Artistry
Instrumental playing requires a robust and reliable technique. Without adequate technical skills, musical communication is limited. The Encore approach systematically embeds technical fundamentals into each course. These skills are nurtured and refined as students progress through each level of the Encore SMART System. Artistic creativity and communication is the ultimate goal of the Encore SMART System. This is developed through exposure to a range of authentic styles and extended to include performance and improvisation skills.