Andrea and I are excited to announce that Glissando and the Slimy Songbook, V. U. Level A is ready for your students.
Despite being the first level in the Very Useful Piano Library, we have released 14 V. U. books prior to Glissando and the Slimy Songbook.
Needless to say, it has been a highly anticipated release for many teachers!
With the creation of Wunder Dot Notation (an expansion on our Wunder Staff approach to pre-reading materials), this book will be a game-changer for your youngest students.
But don’t just take our word for it! In today’s post we’re sharing a visual preview so you can check it out for yourself.
Wunder Dot Notation: A Pre-Reading Revolution
The Wunder Staff is an innovative pre-reading music staff that facilitates a student’s visual recognition of directional movement when reading Wunder Dots (in Level A), finger number notes (in Level B), and alpha notes (in Level C).
So, what are Wunder Dots?
Wunder Dots are finger number symbols placed on the Wunder Staff. They are a huge pedagogical advancement over the approach found in old-fashioned method books that let finger numbers just “float in space”.
As mentioned, the structured placement of Wunder Dots on the Wunder Staff allows students to read directional movement from their first piano lesson.
But there’s more!
Wunder Dots exist as finger number circles and stretched bars. The stretched bars, indicating that students should hold down a key, represent an early introduction to reading rhythmic notation; an innovation entirely unique to Andrea and Trevor Dow’s Very Useful Piano Library.
Together with the Wunder Staff, the Wunder Dot Notation found in Glissando and the Slimy Songbook will provide the strongest foundation for future learning that you will ever find in a pre-reading piano resource.
For a visual preview, keep scrolling past the cover.
Let’s Take A Look Inside!
1. Wunder Dot Piano Pieces
Glissando and the Slimy Songbook contains eight pieces for early primer piano students.
The imaginative illustrations and loveable lyrics that accompany the pieces tell a laugh-out-loud tale of a snail who has lost his shell and tries on several not-quite-right shell alternatives before discovering the perfect one. View sample pages below:
2. Activity Pages
Interspersed throughout the book are activity pages to supplement the music. These activity pages include finger number games and activities and finger strengthening exercises. Here are a few samples of these pages:
4. Practice Tracker and Certificate
Kids practice more often when they take ownership of their learning. At the end of Glissando and the Slimy Songbook, students will find a practice tracker page where they can keep track of their hard work in a kid-friendly way. Furthermore, upon completion of Glissando and the Slimy Songbook, students receive a Certificate of Achievement to reward their efforts. Simply cut out the certificate, fill in the relevant details, and present it to the deserving student.
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