Lesson 1 - letters of the alphabet, sounds each letter makes
Lesson 2 - commas, periods, colons, semi-colons, other punctuation
Lesson 3 - Paragraph forms OR perhaps parts of speech—noun, verb, conjunctions, adjectives, adverbs, etc
Lesson 4 - Longer paragraph forms OR grammar, concision, clarity, eloquence,
Lesson 5 - Feet, half-lines, caesurae, etc.
Lesson 6 - Definitions of the above
Question: What does a child gain from learning the above lessons before he or she can learn to speak? Nothing! Zero! Zip! Nada!
So, take a look at this picture of a well-known learning site and think about how you’d learn this if you hadn't already learned to perform scores of songs and learned to improvise (just like we do in language by 2 or 3 years old)?
What would you learn?
Nothing! Zero! Zip! Nada! Scratch! Donut hole! A vast black hole of nothing musical at all. Just information. So, can I ask that music educators please stop teaching music this way until children’s EARS are “literate”, and their MOUTHS are musically rhythmic and tuneful. All the rest (that is, the stuff in this picture) is completely wasted information until that point.
Can you hear me? I hope you’re not reading letters here, but rather seeing patterns of letters called words. And, those words create meaning as they’re placed together in a way that hopefully has thinking occur at some level. Am I mad? Yes. Probably both kinds.
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