Stave Breakthrough™ Method

Key Signatures, Chords and Time signatures.

Stave Breakthrough™ has a unique method for key signatures too.

Instead of saying, for example, a piece of music is written in the key of E.

key E

SB students are encouraged to name the numbers of sharps or flats in a key signature before naming the key. To understand this and become more proficient with key signature a confident grasp of scales should already be established.

4 sharp E

key E
Then repeat the process to include any sharps or flats: 4 sharp E (D# C# F# G#)

key sigs sb

Dynamics are brought into play by adjusting the volume the students read aloud in the Stave Breakthrough method.

P softModerately soft  

f loudff very loud

For time signatures Len Collins adapts the SB method to focus on the beats in the bar.

The usual process it to name the length of time and the note name together. For time signatures the note name isn't used.

This is the first line of a printable SBHelper worksheet designed for one of my young students.

Pranya (7) loves these SBHelpers. In the boxes she writes the length of time for each note. Underneath the stave Pranya turns it into a sum. This, of course can be done with any piece of music. Every bar contains notes with a value adding up to four.

If a student can't write on the music mental arithmetic takes over


Note to teachers. Pick up a piece of music and read it out loud in the Stave Breakthrough manner it's much easier to understand it that way.

"2 beat G, 3 beat A."


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