This is the starting point for all newcomers to Musical Melodies.
- Simple rhythmic patterns are taught using French Time Names.
- Non – melodic instruments are used to teach rhythmic patterns. (triangles, tambourines, wood sticks, maracas, drums, etc)
- Notation of notes on the stave are introduced.
- Colour coded notation is used to help students.
- Melodic instruments (glockenspiels, xylophones, metallophones, etc)
are used to teach notation.
- Students are taught how to listen/play on the first beat of each bar.
- Recorder playing is introduced.
- Students need to be able to recognise and play one note following a
rhythmic pattern on the recorder.
- Movement to music to improve listening skills and co-ordination.
- Aural training – this involves singing and recognising a high and low
pitched sound on various instruments.
From the 1st lesson, students are taught how to respect musical instruments.
Co-ordination, rhythms and learning to play together are primarily taught at this stage.
FRENCH TIME NAMES
- Taa – aa = a minim
- Taa = a crotchet
- Saa – a crotchet rest
- Ta – te = 2 quavers
- Ta-fe-te-fe=4 semiquavers
Saying these names teaches your child the exact counting for each type of note.