Lois Dicknoether Resume

      Who am I?
I'm a wife to a great guy, a mom to three grown children, and a passionate music teacher.

A Little Bit More...
I am a music teacher in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada. I have been teaching music to children for over 30 years, and it is my desire that all students have a well- grounded understanding of music and its theory concepts so that they can enjoy, play, and comprehend what they are playing.

I am a certified Music for Young Children (MYC) teacher
http://www.myc.com/teacher/LDicknoether and have taught the Canadian based program for 18 years. In the MYC program, games are used to help students understand a variety of music concepts.

Even though games were available to purchase for my students, I never felt that they met my demands as a teacher or the needs of the students. Most games took up too much class time, were poorly made, and didn't entice the children to play them. As a result, I started designing games that met the needs of my students and my needs as a teacher.

The most important thing was to make these games lots of fun, quick and easy to play as time is crucial in an hour group lesson or 1/2 private lesson; as a result; I produced a series of flashcard games.

Solo Time Music Games are designed to teach theory concepts through the use of flashcards and game boards to create the element of "fun". These flash card games take an average of three to four minutes to play, and allow everyone to be a winner. Also available, are games in gameboard format which take up to 10 minutes to play.

My desire was that my students were to have "fun" while learning theory.

As a music teacher of 30 years I've been able to test and evolve these games into a product that is fun, durable, colourful, and entertaining. The best part is that the students aren't even aware that they are learning difficult theory concepts!

With the help of a great graphic designer and printer, these games have reached a whole new level of product. Pockets were created on some of the game boards giving them another element of "fun" for students and tidiness for teachers. The games are opening doors of understanding for young musicians that previously were closed to many children.

With my new website Solo Time Music Games, I'm hoping a whole new world of young music students can find great pleasure in learning theory and understanding music and its concepts to a greater extent.

Updated:  June 28, 2010

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