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ARTS & CULTURE MUSIC: TEACHING TONIC SOLFA FOR GRADES 1 + 2

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In the lower grades (Grade 1 + 2), we do not use the music staff and 'notes' to teach tonic solfa / pitch and note values.

Use the Music Land to teach tonic solfa (pitch).
Each animal represents a pitch on the scale.
The scale used here is C Major. Although the pitch may not be exactly equal to the key of your particular melody, you can still place the animals onto a line or in a space. You can only work from doh to doh1. More notes would have to be made with the correct pitch if you need to go out of this range. Each animal has a wave sound file attached to it.

Along with the Animal Land animals, the learners will use the 'body signs' to represent the pitch level. We do not use the Curwen hand signs for Grade 1 + 2.

I suggest that the Music Land is only introduced to learners about halfway through the Grade 1 year. The transition from this to the 'correct' Curwen hand signs and the staff should occur after the first few months of Grade 3.

SLIDE 2 is the actual Music Land template. Copy animals as required and drag to the 'stave'.
SLIDE 3 shows copies of the animals without sound.
SLIDE 4 shows the 'tonic solfa body signs' that I use.
SLIDE 5 is an example of the first phrase of Sing A Song of Sixpence.
SLIDE 6 shows the tonic solfa body signs for Sing A Song of Sixpence.
If you need help or more 'notes' please message me!

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What a great way to help

What a great way to help younger students with melody. This is well thought-out and explained! I teach elem music and am excited to see music mimio lessons. Thanks for posting.

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    Apr. 14, 2012
sheabr
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