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Most scales will have two mats---one for the lower tetrachord and one for the upper tetrachord. There will be a guide card for each scale which will have theory and games on the back side. Accompanying the Tetrachord Mats will be the Martyrie chits.
I choose to teach the diatonic tetrachords and martyries fairly early because students tend to be curious about them. As soon as students know the apichimata for modes 1, 3 and 4 legetos they have enough background knowledge to proceed here. Once students have learned multiple scales then we will start learning more about the intervals (I'll write about this later once that aspect of this material is developed).
front of chit
back of chit
lower tetrachord mat
upper tetrachord mat
Diatonic Tetrachords and Martyries
Lesson 1: Teach: Pass out the diatonic lower tetrachord mat to each student and place the martyrie chits in the center. Show students the martyrie symeion that corresponds with ni and place it on your tetrachord mat. While students them find their own chit explain the background for the martyrie symeion and why it goes with ni. Do this for pa, vou and ga as well. (Make sure students know apichimata for mode 1, 3 and 4 legetos since this builds on that knowledge).
I was surprised at how quickly my students mastered martyries! Much faster than I did---but I didn't have these cool cards to play with :-)
Play a game (or two) for mastery
Play or Pass: Take turns going around the circle. For your turn you can place a chit on the mat, move a chit to the correct place if someone put it in the wrong place, explain why that martyrie symeion corresponds to that particular greek letter (and place a magic note on it if it is correct), or pass if you don't want to take a turn.
Telos: Have students place the chits on the tetrachord mat until they can do it quickly easily.
Lesson 2: Play Telos or Play or Pass to review the lower tetrachord.
Teach: Pass out the diatonic upper tetrachord mat to each student and place the martyrie chits in the center. Point out the space between the two separate mats and explain that this interval is called the "separator" and is the same in all of the scales that are based on tetrachords. Then show students the martyrie symeion that corresponds with dhi and place it on your tetrachord mat. While students them find their own chit explain the background for the martyrie symeion and why it goes with ni. Do this for ke, zo' and ni' as well. Make sure to highlight that the chits follow the same pattern that they did for the lower tetrachord.
Play Telos or Play or Pass until students have mastered the content.