Discovering Melodic Line

Joseph J. Malafarina
jmal@basd.net
Bellefonte Elementary School

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Notation

Level:

Elementary

Class:

General Music

Equipment:

Overhead, projector

Duration:

20-30 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

Whole note, half note, quarter note (tah), eighth note (tee-tee).

NAfME Standard of 1994 Addressed:

NAfME Standard of 1994: Reading and notating music.

NAfME 2014: Creating 

Materials:

Melodic Line Worksheet (examples)

pencils
markers
workboard/table

Objectives:

Students will recognize the shape of several melodies through melodic line.

Procedures:

Hand out workboard or students sit at tables or desks (depending on the school). Have students sing one of their current songs or something easy like “Twinkle, twinkle…” Students can use hand positions to indicate notes going up or down (not Kodaly/Curwen hand signals). Then examine the same melody using the overhead projector and screen (or you can draw it on the board). A student might go to the screen and point as the class sings the song again. The teacher should review that notes go up and down as well as repeat. Hand out worksheet three common songs (you can always add more songs). Students should use their pencils or markers (or colored pencils) to “connect the dots (notes)” in the melodic line. Students can then try to guess the names of the song (with help from the teacher playing some of the notes). Collect papers, boards, pencils/markers at the end of the activity. If time, sing some of the songs from the worksheet.

Evaluation:

Teacher should put some music “stickers” on the worksheets and return to students next class. Each student should have indicated the “melodic line” with their marker.

Follow Up:

Papers could also be assembled into a folder or “book” and returned to the classroom teacher for all to examine. Nice example for parents and principal to examine during conferences too.

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