I realized recently that it would be good to list all of my goals for the materials and provide quarterly updates as to how development is progressing. That way, if anyone is following the progress they can get a sense of where I am and what to expect for the future.
Also, I get the sense that many people don't get the scope and depth of what I hope to create. God willing, I will create a suite of materials and games that are systematic and comprehensive in teaching Byzantine notation. I would also like to work with other chanters to create a leveled repertoire in English. If there could be a CD accompanying this as there is in the Suzuki method, that would be even better. I understand that theory is just one side of the coin and that it must be paired with good oral instruction, modeling and praxis in the liturgical setting. At this point I have the resources (barely) to focus on the theory side so that is what I am doing.
In addition, I don't want anything to be "dumbed down" or left to chance. Michiko Yurko, the creator of MMG has been working on MMG games and materials since her master's degree 30 years ago and it shows in the high quality of her work. Her materials and games teach very advanced musical concepts in addition to the very basic ones.
Listed below are specific materials that are in development (the first six things). After that I list concepts because I have not started working on the specific materials that will teach those concepts yet.
Greek Letter Cards (50% Done)
Ni Pa Vou Cards (50% Done)
Nighly "Ni" (0 % Done)
Magnetic Puzzle (for intervals and rhythms) (25% Done)
Interval Playing Cards (25% Done)
Parallage Phrases (10% Done)
Rhythm (0% Done)
Scale Charts, Indicators & Fthores (10% Done)
Apihimas (0% Done)
Qualitative Symbols (0% Done)
Handbook (5% Done)
Leveled Hymn Repertoire (0%)
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.