Elementary Conference: May 6th at Royal Bay Secondary School
****New**** Music Workshop:
"DEMYSTIFYING NOTATION with Marcelline Moody"
Please register for A7 (part 1) and B7 (part 2) as these workshops are meant to go together.
If we are to develop musically literate children, we need to teach notation - in a creative, "hands-on" way. Not only is the understanding of notation beneficial for the child in the study of music, but, as with many aspects of music education, it is also beneficial for the child in other areas of general education, particularly reading, and problem solving.
Rhythm symbols usually precede the reading of melodic notation. Starting with beat, the rhythm workshop explores fast/slow, short/long and moves on to the basic notational symbols of ta, ti, ta-a and quarter rest through multi media: kinesthetic, instrumental, speech, singing, also using games, graphics, stories. Use of invented/graphic notation leads to the discovery of the need for traditional notation.
Melodic notation begins with understanding of high and low and remaining the same, using pictures, movement, graphics, "score reading". Then we begin with the reading of so-mi, adding all the notes of the pentatonic scale. We use a “hands-on” approach with individual staff and notes that the children can manipulate and create with, and use a floor staff, readying them for reading letter names, usually when the recorder is introduced.