Jan. 31.
Begin with learning and singing: 1. Rain Rain; 2. It's raining;

Students will present songs for Pre-school and Kindergarten (ages 3-6 years).
(assignment was: Find a local song appropriate for pre-school. Bring a copy of the song to turn in. Analyze the song by identifying the range, the formal structure (aba etc). Write in the solfege (moveable do).

Students will try some different teaching methods to present the songs.

Different ways to introduce a new song:
1. by rote
A. start with words in the traditional way
B. decypher the rhythm as a class or individually. (can be "dictation")

2. by reading (by note)
A. read rhythm
B. Identify pitches and "tune up"
C. read pitches and rhythm

remember the following:
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.

Give opportunities to:
  • Say words to song in rhythm.
  • Clap the basic beat. (circular clapping is more musically sound)
  • Step to the beat.
  • Clap the rhythm of the text. (simple ta/ta rest)
  • Clap the rhythm while thinking the words but don't say them out loud.

Sample song "Rain, Rain"
1. Learn by "rote" from professor. Review hand signs... All students write in "stick notation" on their own paper. Emphasize beat and rhythm... high and low... )
2. Note: Do clef (easy for young students in pre-school/Kindergarten). Identify pitches and range.
3. Identify form. (in this case maybe A A')
4. add motions (teach high and low)
5. options, add "lets build a snow man" song.
"Lets build a snow man, big and round; He'll be the best snow man in town!"

Rain Rain

Rain Rain


It's Raining

It's Raining

Latvian Song: Rudens Nak.
1. Rudens nak, rudens nak, jatin dziesmas kamola. Nakama vasara pa vienaii sketinas.
from: 1. Nelsone, L. Rozenberga; maksliniece l. Krolle-Irbe. Muzikas maciba. 1 klasei. Eksperimentala macibu gramata. Atjavusi lietot Latvijas Republikas Izglititbas, Kulturas un Zinanes Ministrija. Novello Baltica Ltd. 1994 Riga.

Cep, Cep Kukulus!

Overview of music learning theories:

There are many music learning theories.

American National Music Education Standards:
. MENC: The National Association for Music Education, created nine voluntary content standards, called the National Standards for Music Education.[1] These standards call for:
  1. Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
  2. Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
  3. Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments.
  4. Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines.
  5. Reading and notating music.
  6. Listening to, analyzing, and describing music.
  7. Evaluating music and music performances.
  8. Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.
  9. Understanding music in relation to history and culture.

Assignment: Review material on kodaly2012koops.wikispaces.com
prepare to teach a class 1 song for next time using age appropriate methods.