After students complete the Parallage Phrases and most of the other Level 1a content, they are ready to begin learning repertoire. In Level 2 repertoire students learn the to chant the melody of the verses (on parallage and with text) to some of the hymns in vespers and matins in all 8 modes. They will learn the verses to the Brief Stichera, More Honourable, and the Brief Praises. The benefit of learning the verses of these hymns first are:
The phrases are short and the words remain the same across all 8 modes
The verses use very simple rhythms.
The verses have very simple melodic structure, with many repeated notes.
Students may begin chanting melody together from byzantine notation in vespers and matins pretty early on.
Along with learning the melody on the verses they learn to chant ison on the Brief Stichera, Refrains to More Honourable and the Brief Praises. The end goal for level 1b is that students can give the ison and chant all repertoire independently.
I have compiled a special order to learn the Brief Stichera Verses. Instead of proceeding from Mode 1 to Mode 8 we jump around similar to how you do in an actual vespers service. We start with the phrases that are the easiest and proceed to the hardest. This also gives students time to master the hard and soft chromatic scales using the Ni Pa Vou Cards.
You may choose to download all of the music for Vespers, all of the hymns in a particular mode, or each particular hymn. It depends on your experience and goals. If you are an adult with experience chanting and want to start using byzantine notation in services I recommend printing all of the music for vespers. If you are a homeschool family or chanter teaching others, you could just print the brief stichera for each mode and put them in a three ring binder for each student.