We went through the first 10 or 15 phrases a handful of times this past winter, but hadn't looked at the materials for months. Recently she saw a Byzantine chant textbook on the couch and became interested again. We were going on a long car trip last weekend, so I sat in the back seat with her and we reviewed the scale. What she was really interested in were the Parallage Phrases though. (It's interesting to me that so far the kids seem to be really excited about chanting with ni, pa, vou, but most adults I know dread it.)
Amazingly enough, she made it to phrase 20 without too much difficultly! Afterwards, she asked me for a piece of paper and a pencil. She started composing in Byzantine notation, all on her own, without any prompting from me! I taped the tail end of it, because I thought it was so interesting to hear her vocalize what she was writing. I love hearing her say "down 2" like it's no big deal; even though she just learned the symbol 15 minutes ago!
After she finished her composition in Byzantine notation, we chanted it together. I taped that too, but I will forego posting it here. After we chanted it once she added the tone key at the beginning and the end. I suggested that we add tone keys in the middle too. She liked the idea so we chanted it again and she added tone keys at the end and beginning of each line. She changed a few symbols in the middle because we were getting too high and she even knew to erase the tone key at the end of the music because it might be different.
Here is her finished composition. It's amazing what children are capable of doing!
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.