By Matthew Cremisio and Jennifer Lee-Alden
Book and enhanced CD
Grades 2 - 5
Develop music literacy beginning with steady beat, and progressing through improvisation to reading and writing standard notation. This comprehensive music literacy program is designed to culminate in student composition. To assist with this mission, the included enhanced CD contains manipulatives, play-along tracks (as well as performance tracks), reproducible worksheets, and assessment rubrics.
The authors approach music literacy through the listen-speak-read-write continuum. "Speak" becomes singing and/or playing instruments. The instruments used include alto glockenspiels or resonator bells, bass xylophone or metallophone, temple blocks, and classroom rhythm instruments. Writing music in this continuum is arranging and composing as well as copying notation.
Steady Beat: the Foundation of Rhythm
Improvisation: Beginning to Create
Written Notation: Patterns Sounds and Silence
Adding Melody: Patterns of Sound Going Up, Down, and Repeating
Transitioning from Manipulatives to Student Writing
Understanding Time Signatures: Grouping Rhythms into Measures
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