• introduction to scales and key signatures that are ‘close’ to C major (cycle of fifths)
• interval and melody shape reinforcement
• encourages transposition by playing both versions and checking ‘by ear’
Introduce this concept by taking existing melodies that you are using in your music programme and demonstrate transposition with these melodies.
Discuss when we would need to transpose music (too low, too high, contrasting sound) and why composers do this. If you have an instrumental class, you might discuss melody written for concert C major instruments (flute, piano, trombone, etc.) and Bb instruments (clarinet and trumpet, etc.). Looking at a concert band score of a Bb major scale for all instruments would show this, especially for alto saxophone and French horn.
Tech Bit: Introduce apps that automatically transpose music including Finale, Sibelius, Notion, and ScoreCloud, as well as online apps like noteflight and Flat. Mobile device apps include Notion, Symphony, Music Studio, and GarageBand, not all with notation capabilities (but, with graphic notation). Each require a little playing around to learn how to input music, then to transpose your melody and change the key signature. Regardless, of the learning curve, a lot of fun to discover how technology is allowing us to compose and collaborate, simply and quickly from all of these methods.