We had our second Basic Chant Theory Class last week. At the beginning we focused on ear training using a new Anki deck that I made using visuals that go with my tetrachord cards. If you watch the video for the class you will hear my audio (with pitches that aren't completely accurate) but Nick Jones has graciously recorded each card. Here is the first deck with his recordings. I have been chanting with good chanters for four years now, and although my ear is better than it was, I think that I will benefit from these cards too.
Here's an overview of how the first ear training deck works. You will hear an audio and are prompted to "Describe what you hear." When you see the answer you are given a visual and will hear the audio again. Below is a sample of one of the visuals. The way the tetrachords are tilted show you whether the pitches ascend or descend. In this example you the upper diatonic tetrachord ascends from dhi to ni' and then the upper soft chromatic tetrachord descends from ni' to dhi. It's good to note that the distance from zo' to ni' is the same in both tetrachords.
After we went through the Anki deck I showed how to play a game (with multiple variations) to practice the scales on parallage. Then I taught some basics about martyrie. I created an Anki deck for martyrie as well, but we didn't use it in the class. There are three different levels of decks for martyrie. Beginners should learn the first deck. The second deck is to be used prior to when students study fthore. The third deck is the hardest and mimics the knowledge that you need if you start composing music.
If you'd like to watch the video for this class, you can find it on my You Tube page.
I have found a printer to print my materials in bulk. My goal this week is to get all of the files sent off to them so that they can get the proofs to me next week hopefully. I'm also planning to start recording videos for the level 1 materials. I tried doing a lot of recording in the spring but wasn't happy with the recordings--I learned a lot from them though.
I also printed some tetrachord cards at Kinko's to test out with my students. They will be used in level 1 for ear training and in level 2 & 3 to prepare for reading fthore.
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.