Let's Play Music - 2nd Year!*

Fall 2021 - Green Turtle Shells

In our second semester of Let's Play Music, Green Turtle Shells, we begin keyboard skills while building on what we learned in the first year! The songs and activities we do teach the children to:

  • match pitch and recognize middle C
  • recognize pitch relationships through solfege syllables and hand signs
  • become familiar and comfortable with the major scale and other melodic patterns
  • recognize primary chords and their functions
  • accompany themselves and a group on an instrument (bells and autoharp)
  • read a chord map
  • feel internal beat
  • perform tempo change
  • read notes on the staff and staff relationships
  • imitate and identify rhythms
  • actively listen to classical music and recognize form and themes

Spring 2022 - Yellow Arrows 

In Yellow Arrows, we continue building upon the skills and concepts learned in the first year and Green Turtle Shells, adding more detail and difficulty:

  • more melodic/cadence patterns
  • staff reading and relationships (skips, steps, and leaps)
  • rhythmic notation and identification
  • subdividing beat
  • internal beat (holding whole note)
  • harmonic rhythm
  • major vs. minor tonality
  • simple song form (phrases and cadence)

*Everything taught in subsequent semesters reinforces concepts learned in previous semesters. Because of this, Let's Play Music must be taken across three consecutive 2-semester years. If you are interested in joining a class mid-semester or midyear in Red Balloons/Blue Bugs, contact Miss Steph and she will let you know how to do that. It might take a little extra work to catch up, but it can be done!