The Mode Key Cards will be 3.5" by 5.5". I would like to have a card for each Intonation and/or Mode key. I envision them looking something like this:
The "up" side of the card will probably be the Mode Key side. When the teacher shows the Mode Key side, then students can tell everything that they know about this mode---what mode it is, the scale it uses, the apichima, what sort of hymns are chanted in this mode (heirmologic...)...
These cards can be used in conjunction with Apichimata Bingo Mats and the Parallage Phrases. Students can also sort the cards by regular modes vs. plagal mode or by what type of scale they use. Once they know all 8 heirmologic mode keys then they can put the mode keys in order.
Please let me know if there is any other information that you think would be good to have on the back of the card. I have wondered if adding the martyries for the appropriate scale would be good or if that would be too much information.
I just added a new tab under the home tab that explains the benefits of learning byzantine notation.
I know a number of people (some chanters and some aspiring to learn) that did not see the need to learn byzantine notation. Once they started learning byzantine notation they could see why it is beneficial.
I present the argument in the framework of learning a second language. I tried to present it in a way that allows you to experience what your brain goes through if you don't read byzantine notation but are trying to chant.
The example I use of me speaking Russian with a bad accent and poor grammar is true. I am going to Russia this summer and am studying Russian using the Pimsleur method (an oral method). I forgot how difficult learning a foreign language is and have had to supplement Pimsleur by looking up all of the vocabulary in Google translate so that I can see it.
Once you have read it I'd love to hear what you think! Were you once a skeptic of byzantine notation? Were you won over at some point?
This is a new material that is in current development. I have added a new tab in the materials section with bigger pictures and will add games and pictures there once I have the mats and chits printed.
Each scale 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.
Above you can see the lower and upper tetrachord mats for the Diatonic scale as well as the guide card. Each mat will be 2" by 10". The gray squares are 1.25" square. Students will place the Martyrie chits (shown below) on the gray boxes to build the martyries. I hope to include enough tetrachord mats and chits for 3 students to work on the same scale at once. The chits have a yellow back so that they can be used independent of the mats to play games.
The mats are pretty colorless. Where would you add color? Should I make the gray boxes yellow so that it matches the chits? I hope to get this material printed in the next month so please give me your suggestions!
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