Sound Thinking: Developing Musical Literacy Vol. 1


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Sound Thinking: Developing Musical Literacy Vol. 1
By Philip Tacka and Micheal Houlahan
225 pages

Music education text which centers its philosophy around the Kodaly concept. Provides a sequenced curriculum, beginning with Kindergarten and extending through advanced ear training and sight-singing exercises. Includes curriculum planning and ideas for teaching songs; covers both diatonic and modal music; includes suggestions for teaching listening and 20th century music through improvisation. Ideal for use in a classroom setting or as a college text.



Part I Setting Up a Kodály – Based Program

The Kodaly Concept

  • The Kodaly Concept in the United States
  • Questions Most Often Asked about the Kodaly Concept

Sequencing and Lesson Planning

  • Phase I Preparation
  • Phase II Presentation
  • Phase III Practice and Evaluation
  • Integrating Skill Development in the Lesson Plans
  • Planning the Yearly Curriculum
  • Curriculum Development
  • Curriculum Goals K – 6


Part II Early Experiences

Early Childhood and Kindergarten

  • General Principles of Music Education for Kindergarten
  • Lesson Planning for Kindergarten
  • Suggested Activities for Developing Kindergarten Skills

Teaching the Beginning Rhythmic Elements

  • Teaching Rhythm
  • Teaching Ta
  • Teaching Ti-Ti
  • Teaching the Rest – Z
  • Improvisation with Rhythmic Form
  • Meter 2/4
  • Repeat Signs

Teaching the Beginning Melodic Elements

  • Teaching So – Mi
  • Teaching La
  • Part Work
  • Canons


Part III Introducing the Pentatonic Scale

Expanding the Melodic and Rhythmic Repertoire

  • Teaching Do
  • Teaching the Half Note
  • Teaching the Dotted Half Note and Whole Note
  • Four-beat Meter

The Pentatonic Scale

  • Teaching Re
  • Form
  • Sight-Reading
  • Absolute Letter Names
  • Teaching Sixteenth Notes
  • Introducing Two Sixteenth Notes with an Eighth Note
  • Teaching Tim-Ri

Extending the Pentatonic Scale

  • Teaching Low La (L,)
  • Teaching Low So (S,)


Index of Songs and Chants


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