The Greek Letter Cards are always used without pitch. Once students know the greek letters, they use the cards to practice intervals without pitch. Chanters need to automatically know what pitch to say when given an interval in order to sight read easily.
Up 2 from vou -----> dhi (just saying the words--not on pitch) Down 4 from zo ---> ga
This deck is based on the Alphabet Cards from Music Mind Games, by Michiko Yurko.
Ni Pa Vou Cards
The Ni Pa Vou Cards are used to practice the various scales and intervals on pitch with the end goal of internalizing how pitches relate to each other. The colors associated with each scale degree help visual learners picture where they are in the scale and Curwen hand signs provide a spacial element, allowing chanters to sense where they are in the scale. The Ni Pa Vou cards prepare students to read music on parallage.
This deck is based on the Do Re Mi Cards, by Michiko Yurko.
The Parallage Phrases are 40 short phrases that teach basic interval symbols and how to chant on parallage. The first phrases have only two or three pitches so that students can begin reading parralage before they know the scale degrees well. The phrases add in new skills incrementally and make learning to read easy. After the Parallage Phrases students are ready to begin reading real music!
Interval Playing Cards
The Interval Playing cards are used to increase students understanding of the Interval symbols. The interval symbols have parts that are often transformed (reflected or rotated) or moved to a different location. The interval Playing cards help the students get quick at recognizing the value for each symbol through games that increase their memory and quickness.
This deck is based on the Rhythm Playing Cards from Music Mind Games, by Michiko Yurko.
Students use the Apichimata Bingo cards to practice Apichimata using scale degrees (ni, pa, vou), and the Greek phrases (ah-nah-nes). By practicing the Apichimata using scale degrees students are able to see how the different modes relate to each other.
After students complete the Parallage Phrases they begin learning hymns in byzantine notation from vespers and matins. They continue using concrete materials to master scales, ison, mode keys, and melodic structure, martyries and fthores. As they progress through the levels more and more of their time is spent mastering repertoire.