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 song in that key. This is taking the Major Musical Note Color Coded Program and ‘Headphones Listening Program’ Part 1 to the next level by having students apply it to a real life situation like listening to a song through headphones.
IE: Let it Be is in the key of G, which is the Green Note. So, if a student likes The Beatles, he/she would select that song based upon the note/color they gravitate most towards, in which turn, they begin to associate a color with that musical note.
The student starts to make connections with songs 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. If possible, internet connection to stream the songs via YouTube. *Since we do not provide the songs for free in the zip folder, the teacher/instructor would have to either download them or stream them from a service like YouTube.*
Attached you will find the color coded music sheet (A-G with their corresponding colors) and the Headphones Listening Sheet (which lists at least 5 songs inside each color block).
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. Then, the teacher/instructor asks every child what song he/she would like to listen to through headphones, taking 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 ‘Let it Be’ is in the key of G which is the Green Note, because the word Green starts with the letter ‘G’.
*Headphones Listening Program Part 2 should commence after Headphones Listening Program Part 1 is sufficiently completed. Completing Headphones Listening Program Part 1 may take anywhere from 4-8 weeks, 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.*