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Guitar Cities "Root Notes" Program


Encouraging Creativity at Home

Guitar Cities is proud to present their one-of-a-kind "Root Notes" program, which encourages creativity at home. Our unique program teaches you how to instruct your child on the ukulele and piano, giving you a general fundamental knowledge of music theory, allowing you to answer questions they may have as they begin their musical exploration. You will be able to have a quick break and be taken through our program, and you can set the speed at which your child learns, giving them a head start on the fine arts as a supplement to their pre-school, or k-3rd grade education! We have an outlined program for the ukulele and piano, so you can understand the path that will be taught, and we are always available for questions that might arise as you embark on this musical adventure! This course can also be modified to include musical styles/genres that you may want to include as you learn to instruct your child. Tuition can be paid monthly, or at a discount for our 6-month and year-long tuition plans.

Course Outline

The piano and ukulele instruction will use 1-2 supplementary books to assist with the lessons.

  1. Adults learn the names of all of the white keys on the piano by focusing on the visual characteristics of each key, starting with middle C and working outward. This is then conveyed to the student through the use of flash cards and the earlier pages of the kids book. For the ukulele, different parts of the instrument are identified, as well as proper hand positioning, and names of the notes.

  2. Basic rhythms are learned and clapping exercises are done with the use of a metronome (found here: or through the use of a metronome application, along with the rhythms of various songs in the two books. This helps establish an emphasis on rhythm and time-keeping, prioritizing these traits ahead of note reading.

  3. Simple melodies are learned by focusing on the finger numbering system (found in both books). This allows the adult and student to focus on hand position and technique while playing prior to having to focus the attention on the notes in the staff.

  4. All notational symbols are learned, including the staff, treble and bass clef more emphasis on treble clef for the ukulele), time signatures (which will already be worked on in step 2), and mnemonic phrases corresponding to the treble and bass clef are learned so the student can identify notes on the staff. This can be practiced with exercises in the book along with flash cards.

  5. The student and adult learn about melodic and harmonic intervals from 2nds through 5ths: how they're identified on the staff and how your hand reacts to the intervals through use of the examples in the books and flashcards. This increases and improves sight-reading abilities by prioritizing reaction and problem solving ahead of memorization. Those learning the ukulele have more emphasis put on chording and hand position.

  6. Various aspects of dynamics, articulation, and balance between the two hands are emphasized to help make the music sound less sterile and more performance ready. Once the student has reached this stage we can start focusing on music theory so the student has an understanding of how the music is put together, and how to use that information to improve sight-reading and performance.

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