This lesson is the first in a series of lessons called "S-Cubed" that "Music in the Middle with Mr D" is offering for your upper elementary and middle school music students that will help you teach your children how to sight sing 2 part music with syncopated rhythms and skips as wide as an octave in 27 weeks if you see your students daily.
It is the perfect game for the first weeks of school! It will help you establish a positive relationship with your students. It will help their focus, and it will teach them valuable skills for sight singing that are critical to the S-Cubed method of Sight Singing!
In this lesson, you will learn about the "FUN" part of the method! You will learn the rules and philosophies associated with the game "Forbidden Pattern" that will reflect your approach throughout your teaching of the entire method. It is presented in a Power Point that includes YouTube links to Mr D actually teaching the method to real students. It also includes YouTube links of Mr D explaining the rules of the game.
This game is the hook for your young singers. They love playing this game because they want to beat the teacher!
The game helps the students build fluency in use of the Kodaly hand signals. You will be reinforcing correct hand placement and singing posture all while they are having a great time playing the game with you. You build rapport with your students as you find ways to have fun distracting them from the Forbidden Pattern of the day.
You keep score throughout the semester and you enjoy watching them work hard to win...and after the first few lessons. most of the time they WILL win! Little do they know that all you WANT is for them to beat you because that means they are focused and working as a team.
This game teaches many lessons that have nothing to do with music, and you will have a great time playing it. The good news is that you will use the game throughout the method to learn new intervals, chromatics and much more.
Have a great time with your students while teaching them valuable skills that will help them become literate, self-sufficient musicians on a level you never imagined!
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