I will focus on Composing for this blog post.
Click on the Compose Tab, then Let's Start.
Next you have 4 options. If you have no previous knowledge of the music stave you can use the first "Music Lesson" to bring you and your class on a step by step process of how the music stave works.
"Starting Tunes" - students hear and see the beginning of a familiar song and have to compete it. This could be done as a class activity. Probably better for older classes (4th/5th/6th)
"Quick Start" and "Build a Staff" - Blank stave and compose from scratch! This could also be used to demonstrate on the board and students take it down on their own hard copy stave. Put a musical scale up on the board. We can link this to Kodaly hand signs to help understand the concept of the scale. Once the notes are going by step you don't have to worry about which line or space you start on!! This is just introducing the concept of a scale and that each line/space on the stave represents a different note. It also develops an understanding of the note getting higher or lower.
To develop further:
- Starting with 3 chime bars (C, D and E or D, E and F# depending on what you find in your percussion box!). compose a melody using only Doh Re and Me.
- Ask the student(s) to perform it on the chime bars.
- Press play on the composition on the board and ask the student to play along with it to see if they have the rhythm correct.
- Add more chime bars when the class gets confident!
Activity: Students can compose their own song using hand signs and the class sings it back... this is useful for filling time between lessons or changing activities once the students are familiar with the activity.
Starting and finishing on Doh makes the most musical sense and make its easier to sing to.
Student: Doh Re Re Me Doh
Class Sings back: Doh Re Re Me Doh with handsigns.