While working on my bachelor's degree in music, I took four semesters of intensive ear training. I am able to recognize intervals, chords, chord progressions and to write melody and rhythm dictation. In order to train my students I will start with easy note recognition, then short melodies and intervals. Later I will introduce them to basic chords and then chord progressions. Also rhythm dictations will be given.
I have been playing piano for 17 years and harp for 12 years, and I am a professional musician. I also took music theory from elementary school throughout college. I also have experience as a harp teacher. Many times my students start lessons with no knowledge of music and I have to teach them everything about music while teaching them harp lessons.
While at IU Jacobs school of music, I took two intensive semesters of music history. I also took music history classes throughout middle school and high school. I have many methods of making diagrams and organizing information so that it is easy to remember. Along with information about composers and styles divided by time periods, I also use music recordings that exemplify those characteristics. In order to teach my students systematically, I use the materials from which I learned in college.