A world-class approach to the teaching of music

The Encore Music Education System

SMART

[S] Snap Shot
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.

[M] Movement, Modelling and Gesture
Virtually all musical elements can be experienced physically through movement and gesture. This kinaesthetic approach is an important step in the learning sequence. 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 extends from the use of Rainbow Rings, Parachutes and Streamers in Kinder Beat through to Keyboard and Music Staff Smart Mats in the Junior and Primary Courses.

[A] 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 solfege/solfa singing. This is reinforced on their instrument through By Ear Playing and Singing (BEPS) of key melodic and harmonic patterns.

[R] Rhythm and Reading
Rhythm is fundamental to all music-making. It is the framework that ensures there is a strong connection between all the other musical elements. The Encore approach to rhythm includes the use of speech (word) patterns and time names. Body percussion and gesture are used to reinforce and internalise beat, pulse, phrasing and rhythmic units. Reading skills are developed through the Encore Flash Card System. The Flash Card packs are specific to each level in the Junior and Primary Courses. Students not only learn individual notes/pitches, but more importantly, they acquire the ability to read and understand whole units of music such as bars and phrases.

[T] 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. Artistry is the ability of musicians to communicate their art effectively through performance, improvisation and composition. Artistic creativity and communication is the ultimate goal of the Encore SMART System.

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