Start at the beginning and progress in small steps, assuring mastery at each step before proceeding.
When teaching something that uses multiple skills, make sure you have first taught those skills separately and that they have been mastered.
Teach all important skills from the beginning. Often students believe that if you teach a skill later it is because it is difficult.
People learn better when their senses are engaged---materials that are tactile, movable and beautiful to the eye activate the brain.
People learn better when they are engaged and participating in the learning process.
Listening to good examples of byzantine chant will greatly aid the learner.
Principles in Practice
The Ni Pa Vou cards, Nightly Ni and scale games are used to train the ear. Students learn to match pitch, ascend and descend, and jump up pitches. The Ni Pa Vou cards and hand signs allow pitches to take on a visual and spacial perspective.
The Parallage Phrases use only Ni and Pa for the first ten phrases. This is because at the beginning students are not comfortable chanting much of the scale. Each set of five phrases focuses on a new skill while reviewing old ones.
The Parallage Phrases is chanted in a major western scale. This gives the student time to learn enough of the diatonic scale, apichimata, Greek letters, and martyries to read real musical phrases accurately. Each of these skills is practiced separately with various games.
Students start to learn how to switch between modes from the very beginning. Because it is taught systematically and in a fun way, it is not overwhelming to them.
Their are different materials that focus on separate concepts and skills. The materials are colorful and students make sense of the concepts by moving the materials (aiding in memorization).
Theory explanations are kept short and reinforced through games. Students spend most of the lesson engaged in the materials---moving and chanting.
Students need to be present (at the chanter's stand if possible) at services that are chanted. They also benefit from listening to good recordings.