Feb. 7, 2012.
Introduce solfege exercises (Bungee, and living piano)
Teaching Pre-school/Kindergarten songs. Pentatonic (no half steps).

Next time, quiz on Kodaly Philosophy:
1. What are the main musical objectives of Kodály training?
2. How is the Kodály philosophy taught?

The musical objectives of Kodály musical training is to train all children to:
  1. Sing, play instruments and dance from memory, a large number of traditional singing games, chants, and folk songs, drawn first from the child's own heritage of folk song material and later expanded to include music of other cultures and countries.
  2. Perform, listen to, and analyze the great art music of the world.
  3. Achieve mastery of musical skills, such as musical reading and writing, singing and part-singing.
  4. Improvise and compose, using their known musical vocabulary at each developmental level.
How is the Kodály Philosophy Taught?
  1. Rhythm symbols and syllables are utilized.
  2. Hand signals (Solfege) are used to show tonal relationships.
  3. The moveable "do" is practiced.
  4. The musical material emphasized is the mother-tongue/folksong.
  5. Concepts are taught according to the child's learning development.
  6. Singing is the major instrument. All children can sing and be successful

Remember: PPPP. Prepare, Present, Practice, Perform
  • hear it first
  • then sing
  • then understand
  • then read and write
  • then create
Early childhood/Kindergarten music activities: Listening, playing...

Review: Give attention to in-tune singing, tone matching Sol-Mi and Sol-Mi-La patterns. Much work should be given to the feeling of the beat. Identify rhythmic patterns of simple, familiar songs. Teach duple meter, step and clap rhythm and beat. Echo clap. Concepts of High-low, Loud-soft, Fast-slow should be taught and practiced. Repertoire of songs and singing games of small range and easy rhythms from which to draw the later skill-teaching material. Folk songs and nursery rhymes are used for the repertoire.

o Sight singing
o Ear training
o Part hearing
o Hearing and singing harmony
o Perceiving form
o Developing memory
See the page "Rote song method" for tips on teaching a song by rote (teaching with out written music).

Assignment: Teach a Kindergarten concept using a game, song, book, movement, etc

Teaching Class 1 songs.

Introduce lesson planning.

if time, play "Add One"

Prepare a lesson plan for a grade 1 song.
Collect 3 songs (from your class mates is okay) for So-Mi-La, and 3 songs using easy pentatonic appropriate for Kindergarten (ages 5-6). Make sure to have the solfege and range written at the top of each song.
Submit the list of titles and range chart to me next time.