The Nightly "Ni"* will be a key component to ByzB and I want to explain its background, purpose, and my future goals for this material (as well as solicit help!). The idea for the Nightly "Ni" comes from Music Mind Game's Daily "Do" and so I would like to begin by explaining the Daily "Do".
The Daily "Do"
The Daily "Do" accomplishes two major things. First, it trains students' ears and helps them "internalize pitch relationships" within the equal tempered scale. Second, it teaches a lot of basic western music theory, including:
m3- minor third
P4- perfect fourth
Relative minor scale
The Daily "Do" allows students to experience music theory with their voice. They then explore the music theory using other Music Mind Games materials that work well in conjunction with the Daily "Do". The colors of the note heads of the Daily "Do" correspond to the colors of the Do Re Mi cards and the magic notes. This allows teachers to use the Daily "Do" with other materials to teach theory in a really practical and memorable way. I will do a follow up post to talk about how these materials work together in more detail. One integral part of the Daily "Do" that I will explain more now are the hand signs.
Curwen Hand Signs
I would like to use Byzantine chant theory to create a similar song for each of the scales---the diatonic, the enharmonic, and the chromatic. My understanding of Byzantine chant theory is just reaching the point where I can start working on a first draft for the diatonic scale. My composition skills are very basic at this point so I am going to ask my two teachers for help. I also welcome any ideas that other chanters have.
There are a number of things that I have been thinking about as I consider what the Nightly "Ni" should sound like. First, what should/can be included?
most common intervals?
the whole scale or the lower tetra chord of the scale separate from the upper?
Other questions to consider:
What should the songs' base notes be? Should it change?
Should there actually be one song for each mode?
Could I fit all of the important stuff for the diatonic scale in a song without it getting too long? [I think it would be nice if I could so that students could see how each of the tones in one scale relate].
I am currently using a slightly modified Daily "Do" with my students. While it is helping some with ear training, it is not helping teach the theory related to the scales of Byzantine chant. I really look forward to have a working draft to test out with them.
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.