- Why use the
- When should
the Music format be introduced?
The Music format is used throughout
the teaching process of any new selection. It should be
to identify the musical symbols, terms, etc., within each song
BEFORE using any of the other formats (much
the same as identifying the musical elements in a selection
to be sight-read). As the students learn to count the beats,
ta the rhythms, and, chant and sing the pitches, the Music
should be utilized to promote reading without the answers.
The ultimate goal is using the Music format to read new selections
without the answers. This will take many hours of practice,
however, Music You Can Read ®, when presented as a spiraling
curriculum (mastering each step before moving to the next level)
moves from reading the answers to reading the music almost
ALWAYS ask the students to raise their hands to identify ANY
music symbols they recognize, starting at the beginning of the
- Music clef
rhythmic or pitch
- Any new
the Music Format, have the students sing the pitches, thus
reinforcing the pitch locations without the answers.
2. Using the Music Format, have the students sing the Beats
or Rhythm on pitch. This demonstrates exactly where each pitch
begins and ends as well as reinforcing the rhythm of the tune
without the answers.