Japanese music teachers – stop teaching fixed Do!

An open letter to all Japanese music teachers,

Today I was teaching guitar to my grade seven students. I was having them play an A Major triad, so they started on the second string. I told them that would be ‘Do’ for this purpose. One student then said,

“But Mr. Kozak, my music teacher told me that this was ‘Do’.”

Please, teachers, stop doing this!

‘Do’ is not only in one location. Whatever the root is, that is ‘Do’.

We are not sight-reading atonal music, therefore whatever key we are in, the tonic is most easily understood as ‘Do’.

In my humble opinion.
Mr. Kozak


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