As the new school year begins, so does our music program at the participating schools. To know music is to be able to create music. To create music also includes composing. To compose, the student must know music rudiments, music theory, musical tones on an instrument, rhythm, etc. For this year, the goal is to get kids to compose music.
However, since these are very young students and considering that lessons are on average twice every fortnight, the requirements are very elementary. They are only required to write a short and simple composition but along the way, they will have to learn how to write music formally and know musical tones.
The first lesson began with learning basic music rudiments and theory. Lessons are based on the popular My First Theory Book published by Rhythm MP.
Turning to the first page and seeing musical symbols of clefs, notes, etc. is when the students get formally introduced to music language. As they begin learning the elements of music notation, it is a good idea to have them participate in a board quiz.
As shown in the photos, the students took turns going to the board and answer music quizzes on types of musical notes and the beats/counts each represent.
This is one way of affirming that the students understood what they have learned. Another activity carried out was to have the students clap and count the beats of the various types of notes from the board.
Additional exercises are recommended, if there is still time, as a revision of the lesson. These exercises can take the form of what has been done during lessons, which are, quizzes and rhythmic clapping exercises. Or, get creative and do music theory games.