The Daily "Do"
m3- minor third
P4- perfect fourth
Relative minor scale
The Daily "Do" allows students to experience music theory with their voice. They then explore the music theory using other Music Mind Games materials that work well in conjunction with the Daily "Do". The colors of the note heads of the Daily "Do" correspond to the colors of the Do Re Mi cards and the magic notes. This allows teachers to use the Daily "Do" with other materials to teach theory in a really practical and memorable way. I will do a follow up post to talk about how these materials work together in more detail. One integral part of the Daily "Do" that I will explain more now are the hand signs.
Curwen Hand Signs
The hand signs are used when students sing the Daily "Do". The hand signs start at waist level at the bottom of the scale and reach forehead level at the top of the scale. Hand signs aid ear training because it is hard for untrained ears to quantify the movement of the voice up and down and jumping between pitches. By using the hand signs, students come to understand pitch in a spatial way. It also allows students to learn to sing through gross motor movement.
There are a number of things that I have been thinking about as I consider what the Nightly "Ni" should sound like. First, what should/can be included?
most common intervals?
the whole scale or the lower tetra chord of the scale separate from the upper?
Other questions to consider:
What should the songs' base notes be? Should it change?
Should there actually be one song for each mode?
Could I fit all of the important stuff for the diatonic scale in a song without it getting too long? [I think it would be nice if I could so that students could see how each of the tones in one scale relate].
I am currently using a slightly modified Daily "Do" with my students. While it is helping some with ear training, it is not helping teach the theory related to the scales of Byzantine chant. I really look forward to have a working draft to test out with them.