An understanding of musical theory is important subject matter in schools that is better learnt and retained at an early age. Consequently, musical studies often are introduced to children in elementary grade levels. Teaching children musical notes is one of the most difficult tasks music teachers face. Employing innovative teaching strategies, however, can help children learn and retain what they learn.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
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Things you need
- Basic music instruction books
- Basic sheet music
- Music note flashcards
- Music note magnet board
- Basic musical instruction CD-ROMs
Teach children acronyms to help them remember music notes. "Every Good Bird Does Fly" and "FACE" are commonly used acronyms for the treble clef; "Great Big Dogs Fight Animals" and "All Cows Eat Grass" are common acronyms for the bass clef.
Require children to draw the musical notes. Make them sketch the five lines for the bass and treble clefs, and draw and label where each music note should be. Repeat this process two times a day to drill it into their memory.
Play "Musical Memory," a flashcard game in which you hold up a card that has a picture of a musical note, and the children try to identify which note is on the card. The first child to guess the note correctly wins a prize, such as a piece of chewing gum or candy.
Purchase a musical note magnet board at a teacher's supply shop. This is simply a set of magnets shaped like musical notes and a magnet board containing the lines of a musical stave. Make children arrange the magnetic musical notes onto the stave. Use the bass and treble clef magnets to differentiate between octaves.
Refer to musical instruction computer games. Allow children to play games on the computer that teach them about musical notes. Games can make learning fun for children so they want to learn more.
Tips and warnings
- Quiz children periodically to monitor their progress and determine the effectiveness of your teaching strategies.
- Each child learns differently. Implement all three learning methods: visual, audio and hands-on.
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