2nd-3rd Music – Detectives – Fri. 12:00 PM with Pres. Suzanne Lichtenstein

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In this course, we will delve into the mysteries of Music, developing our analytical skills and becoming savvy detectives. We will

  • Analyze musical form and “rhyme structure.”
  • Decode the notes of songs using our listening skills, and write these hidden song codes on paper.
  • Learn to make music maps of the song codes on paper, making the code even easier to read. (This activity prepares students for learning to read Western staff notation more easily.)
  • Learn to play songs on our class instrument in Major, minor, and modal tonalities. Students will begin playing songs on Day 1. Students will develop the ability to transfer these songs to other instruments in the home.
  • Compose our own songs, writing both melody and lyrics.

What to Expect:

  • Music-learning should be fun and encouraging, so the class will be taught with a lively emphasis on games, hands-on activities, and group interaction. 
  • Classes are taught workshop-style, and will last between 40-45 minutes, in order to give the children plenty of time to explore activities, play music, and share ideas. 
  • Homework will be due once or twice a week, requiring on average 10-15 minutes per assignment, and will consist of practicing short songs and making videos of them, handwriting with pencil on worksheets, and occasionally playing online learning games.

Prerequisite: No previous experience needed.

Follow-Up: After completing this course, students will be prepared for the Level 2 course, Music Horizons.

Required Text/Materials:

  • Musical instrument to purchase: Ennbom Desk Bells
  • Free account to sign up for: Noteflight.com (personal account, not student account)
  • WIDE Landscape Pad or Landscape Notebook, college-ruled: available on Amazon, RainbowResource.com, and OfficeDepot.com. On Amazon, check the 2-pack cost, because it may be less than the single pad cost.
  • 4 non-breakable cups (plastic or aluminum)
  • Curriculum will be provided by the teacher.

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