The puzzle will be used to build interval symbols. The symbols can be confusing since some symbols look the same but mean something different if they are flipped (like b and d in English). Playing with the puzzle helps students make sense of this. Students will also use the puzzle to build the symbols from their most basic parts. This helps students to see and remember the pattern that is present in the symbols. The puzzle will also be used to copy Parallage Phrases and to take dictation.
My first plan was to make the puzzle magnetic but that was to labor intensive to create. I need to look into having foam/rubber puzzles made. I have placed this material on hold while I focus on other materials (Nov 2014).
--Teaching Game-- Set the puzzle and white board out in front of students. Now proceed to construct the ascending symbols, starting with the ison. After you add a new symbol start at left side and point and say each symbol that you have already constructed. "Stay the same, up one, up two..." As you lay out the individual parts use the correct vocabulary. "Up four: another oligon and a kentema on top" When you use the words naturally (and often enough) students will do the same.
--Teaching Game-- Follow the same process that you used to teach the ascending symbols.
Play or Pass*
The girls played Play or Pass* and constructed the ascending and descending symbols
--Memory Game-- Set the puzzle and white board out in front of students. In this game you will go around the circle and take turns constructing the ascending (and/or descending) symbols. When it is your turn you may pick one piece of the puzzle and place it on the whiteboard (not a whole symbol-just an oligon or kentema) or you may fix the position of a piece that has already been placed on the board. If you don't want to take a turn you may say pass. This gives students an easy escape if they aren't sure of themselves. It also allows you to pass so that the students can place the hypsele---because everyone loves the hypsele!
Set the puzzle out in front of students and give each of the a white board. You can also give them a handful of magic notes.
For beginners I recommend chanting an easy phrase from the Parallage Phrases first. Students start by writing the phrase out using magic notes. Then they use the puzzle to write the phrase out. Help students find the correct Greek letter and root sign for the beginning and ending of the phrase and set these out first. Then students use the puzzle pieces to write out the phrase.
*These games are taken from or adapted from Music Mind Games, by Michiko Yurko. Used with permission.