The idea of this activity is to give students the responsibility of making their own choice as to what key of music they’d like to listen to by selecting a corresponding color.
This is taking the Major Musical Note Color Coded Program (A-G major musical notes with their corresponding color: A=Red for Apple, B=Blue for Blueberry, C=Pink for Cotton Candy, D=Yellow for Daffodil, Dandelion, Daisy, E=Orange for Egg Yolk, F=Purple for Fig Newton, G=Green for Grass) and applying it to a real life situation like listening to a song through headphones.
The student starts to make connections with the 7 major musical notes by associating them to a specific color. In which turn, the student hears different instruments and notes played in a specific key to assist in picking music out by ear, which is usually not taught in the school system. What is usually taught is how to read musical notes and play in time with a metronome, which are both great skills to have. But, what about all the children who are pre-reading age, English is a second language, or where the child has a developmental disability? This program is the solution for those children who want to be involved in a musical activity but may not be in the right situation to do so depending on age, language, or cognitive ability.
Materials: Laptop or music playing/streaming device like iPod, iPad, CD Player. Teacher/instructor would also need a set of headphones, noise-canceling ones preferred if available. Since the music files are provided in the attached zip folder, the teacher/instructor would have to download them to his/her device for listening. *There are 2 sets of recordings: one for children who have normal hearing and one for children who are hearing impaired or deaf*.
Attached you will find the color coded music sheet (A-G with their corresponding colors) for your reference and application.
Instructions: The teacher/instructor passes out color coded sheets (A-G major musical notes) to the children and they pick which color they like the best first. Once the color has been established for every student, the teacher goes around the room and take turns from one child to the next so every child has their own personal experience with music of their favorite color/key. Teacher/instructor will explain that the A Note is Red like an Apple, which starts with the letter A. This will be explained for every single note (A-G) in order to best associate a musical note with a color and object.
*Headphones Listening Program Part 1 should take anywhere from 4-8 weeks to sufficiently complete, depending on how often the program is implemented. It is suggested to implement the program at least once a week, but if progress is slow, two times a week is encouraged in order to move on to the next level, which is the Headphones Listening Program Part 2*.