I have had a puzzle type material floating around in my head for two years but haven't created anything yet due to the time involved.
I would like to create a similar material that students can manipulate to create all of the interval symbols. I think that it will really solidify the symbols for going up and going down since the symbols are all a combination of neumes (the placement of each neume is important). We will use the puzzles in two ways. We will use it to create all 7 going up symbols (and down as well) in order so that students will see the progression. We will probably also use them to copy Parallage Phrases or to do dictation/composition.
To get an ideal of how this material will be used in Byzantine Beginnings, you can watch two MMG videos. In the first video you can see Michiko actually teaching students the notes along with their names.
In the next video, you can some of Michiko's students using the puzzle to copy some Blue Jello cards. By copying the cards the students are learning to really know all of the parts of the notes and where they go.
Isn't it amazing what a three year old can learn with the right materials?
I started working on the layout this week, but I'm still not sure about the material. If anyone has any suggestions I would be interested to hear. Also, I originally planned to have the going up symbols blue, the going down symbols green and the rhythm symbols red. As I was working on this I realized that I would have a few symbols that would be both colors (they would be turned upside down), and another symbol that can be neutral as well as going up. So, I am not sold on the green and blue, although I think red for rhythms could still be nice since it is sometimes red in the music. Any thoughts on this?
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.