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anyone using mcdonald/woods harp olympics with adults?

  • Unknown
    Unknown User

    I would appreciate any thoughts on using the new mcdonald/woods harp

    olympics series with adults. Thanks, Virginia

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    • Unknown
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      Virginia:


      I like this series very much for the children I've used it with, but I haven't tried it with adults. The only thing "childish" about the book is the Teddy Bear on the cover. The materials inside are pretty strait forward, so I'm sure it would work fine with an adult who doesn't mind the teddy bears.


      If you try it, be sure to let us know how it works out.


      Kim Rowe

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      The woods/macdonald version of "Away in a Manger"(Olympics) is  a really great arrangement for the adult beginner.  The counterpoint in the left hands, forces each hand to work independently, and the dotted figure in the right hand enhances their rhythmic understanding.

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    • Mary
      Mary Dropkin

      I've used the series with a couple of adults and it's worked very well.  The techniques, exercises, and songs are all great.  However, you have to be careful with the kind of person to whom you assign these books.  Attitude is everything.  If they are quite accepting of the fact that they are beginners and don't mind "cute," then the books work really well.  If they are "too adult," then I use the Curcio books and/or Sylvia Woods.

      Mary Dropkin

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      My adult studets like the books and they all are very motivated to take the evaluation afterwards. The Teady Bear never bothers them at all. I think what matters is what other songs and books the teacher assign to the students. Learning the solid techniqeu is required, playing songs they like is personal then.

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