I modeled the Parallage Phrases on Music Mind Game's "Blue Jello Cards"-- short rhythmic phrases that student read with the teacher using rhythmic words and hand signs. The phrases are short and get incrementally more difficult. To read the phrase you see in the photo to the right you would say, "huckleberry, rest, huckleberry, jello-jello" (each word is one beat). Michiko picked color and food vocabulary that are fun to say and fit the rhythmic pattern that she needed.
On the Parallage page I have made the Student Set and the Teacher's Guide available for download as Pdfs. In the teacher's guide I explain the teaching goal for each set of 5 phrases so that teachers have a framework to work from as they teach. I also welcome recommendations for better phrases or a different progression.
The Student Set of phrases should be cut apart and placed in order. For children, this gives only one phrase at a time to focus on. Changing from one card to the next also gives the students some movement in between phrases (which helps reduce the wiggles). You can teach students to change the cards by picking up the top card and placing it above the whole set (plop), then picking up the whole set and setting it on top of that card (drop), scooch (moving the whole set back to to the original position). By having everyone switch cards this way, you can create a rhythmic motion and can move between cards quickly. It also keeps the phrases in order.
Please note that these materials may change from month to month as I see what isn't working (that's why it's on plain printer paper). I will put the most recent date they have been changed on the website and in the document as well. The most recent update was made on Oct 28, 2013.
This is the last set of phrases that I have completed. In this set students see a lot of new things. I think it will be challenging but I hope it won't be overwhelming for them if they know the Nightly "Ni" well and have been playing games with the scale materials. This is a set that it is probably beneficial to use the colorful scale cards above as I did here.
I combined two earlier versions for this version so now students go into mode 5 and then mode 8.
*St. Anthony's monastery has compiled over 10,000 Byzantine music formulae. They can be found at the following website along with guidelines for how to use them for composition: http://stanthonysmonastery.org/music/Formula.html