! If you teach Go Tell Aunt Rhody consider using my new series of card games, puzzles, worksheets and quizzes to use with students in private lessons or group classes. The purpose is to reinforce rhythm, solfa, notes on the staff and to experiment with sounds on the violin. The card games are great “breaks” or “fillers”; the worksheets and quizzes offer excellent opportunities for review. The emotion cards introduce dynamics and exploration of sound – great fun!! After completing the worksheets and playing the card games, a students will be able to play Aunt Rhody by heart and also with knowledge of the written music – the best of both worlds!
FACILITATING THE TRANSITION FROM ROTE TO READING
I was fortunate to have had access to training in three internationally recognized methods of childhood education - Montessori, Kodaly and Suzuki. The basic tenet of all three of these educators is adherence to a sequential learning program. In my own teaching of Kodaly classes and private violin lessons I have used a sequential step by step approach and found it very successful.
A sequential learning order is suggested, leading smoothly from playing by ear to learning rhythms and notes separately, then together and ultimately on the music staff:
1. Rote learning of the song by singing. (You might like the new words I use with my students.)
2. Introducing the rhythm (using Kodaly syllables) kinetically, visually and finally written, play rhythm card game.
3. Learn melody using solfa syllables and hand signs, play solfa card game.
4. Join rhythm and solfa reading and singing, play Mix & Match rhythm & solfa game.
5. Introduce solfa on the violin and play. After students are familiar with the solfa patterns they can be encouraged to experiment with changing do, a valuable inner hearing exercise.
6. Replace solfa with note names and play, play Mix & Match rhythm, solfa & pitch names.
7. Introduce solfa on 3 line staff.
8. Introduce notes on 5 line staff and play, play Mix & Match with all decks
USE IN PRIVATE LESSONS OR GROUP CLASSES
Through card games and worksheets and quizzes, the material presented here is meant to reinforce patterns of rhythm, solfa, pitch names and notes on the staff.
The card games are good to use in group lessons. They can be played with one set, such as pitch names or joined up with other sets, such as pitch names and solfa, or pitch names and notes on the staff until finally with all four decks.
Worksheets offer a break in a private lesson, or an activity in group classes.
Quiz Cards (cut out and in a basket from which the kids choose a card) can be a long or short activity – most useful to keep students on their toes. For classes - make teams and offer rewards for the correct answers.
Emotion Cards are GREAT fun!! Aunt Rhody has many moods – kids love the angry card especially! This is a good opportunity to introduce dynamics and experiment with the many sounds the bow can create.
After completing the worksheets and playing the card games,
a student will be able to play Aunt Rhody by heart
and also with knowledge of the written music - the best of both worlds!