Introduction to Music

In this set of eight lessons, students are introduced to musical concepts without learning notation. Quarter, half and whole notes are represented by a chicken, a goat, and a cow, respectively. The Solf├Ęge scale is used instead of note names. There is much interactivity and exploration built in to these engaging lessons.

Teachers are encouraged to supplement the information in this lesson with their own, ensuring the lessons are culturally relevant and accurate.

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Lesson 1: Experiment - students play with making sounds both on and away from the computer.

Lesson 2: Duration - students experiment with how long a sound lasts.

Lesson 3: Rhythm - students learn about rhythm, creating their own as well as listening and recreating what they hear.

Lesson 4: Pitch - students learn about the difference between high, medium, and low pitch sounds.

Lesson 5: Scale - students learn about the scale using the solfege method.

Lesson 6: Melody - students learn about melody using common childhood songs.

Lesson 7: Meter - students learn about meter through explorations with the different lengths of sounds.

Lesson 8: Composition - students are given the opportunity to compose their own music.