Intervalic reading in the piano lesson is very important. Of course we spend time on note names too, but when a pianist is reading music, they are not thinking “Ok the next note is ‘e’, then ‘c’, then ‘a’….” that would be far too slow!
I introduce steps almost immediately after a student’s first introduction to the grand staff, sometimes even alongside pre-reading pieces in a method book, so that they’re prepared for the grand staff when it appears.
For some steps are apparent straight away, but others do need some help seeing them, and it can become a problem later on. This worksheet focuses on up vs. down, but it also starts us talking about steps, and paves the way for skips later on.
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