Group 1

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.


  • 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.

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