The lyrics are not the only reason I dislike MFLM; but let me state that the lyrics can be a problem, even if you don't have the students look at them or sing them at the lesson. Case in point: My daughter, Little Pepper (now 5 years old) can read fairly well. She can also (thanks to the training I've given her) sightread rather well. She loves the MFLM & MT TTB books; she takes them off the shelf & sightreads the pieces, then goes back & reads the lyrics so she can sing while she plays. "Great!" you say. Yes,
except for the lyrics in the MFLM books!
Now I have to go through & white out the lyrics on those pages so she won't see them.
Maybe the authors of MFLM figure that most preschoolers can't read & that the lyrics are not going to be a problem. I don't know what
they think. All I know is that the lyrics stink!
Another problem I have with MFLM is the way they expect preschool children to play with all 5 fingers. I much prefer the Sing & Play
way, where "playing is introduced using the whole hand, & then a closed hand position so that little, & often weak, fingers are not overtaxed. The closed hand position uses a large muscle movement & helps the young child produce a good, full tone."
The Sing & Play
finger-play songs & hand-shaping exercises are also great.
They "help prepare the child for open-hand position using, first, fingers 1 & 2, then fingers 1, 2 & 3, and, finally, all 5 fingers. Independent hands pieces are introduced only towards the end of the series."
The only problem with Sing & Play
is that it is a group method. Since I don't teach group lessons, I have to adapt the method to make it suitable for private instruction. Fortunately,
the PA pre-primer method is supposedly going to use some of the Sing & Play
concepts. I can't wait 'til the PA pre-primer is released so I can look it over.