Since they have hardly any background knowledge about Byzantine chant, I started the lesson by giving a brief history lesson. I explained about the development of Byzantine chant within the Byzantine church and its roots in Greek music. I also explained how they would be learning a new musical language. I think that this is important for new students to understand. Byzantine chant is a specific musical language with its own sound that is particular to the Orthodox church. It has developed its own "alphabet" (all of the notation) and "grammar" (the system and rules of writing Byzantine music). I explained that in order to really know this new language, we would be learning the notation symbols and some Greek as well.
SAHM by day; ByzB curriculum developer by night. My career was in teaching: kindergarten, first grade, bilingual reading, Suzuki piano, and Music Mind Games. Now I paint icons and spend lots of time making materials on the computer. My greatest joy is directing my students in their learning. This blog documents the process and provides a space for my other ramblings as well.