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Learning the fundamentals of music theory at a young age

Learning the fundamentals of music theory at a young age

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MUSIC THEORY

for young children

Monday, October 8, 12

MUSIC THEORY for young children

Ted Turner

Monday, October 8, 12

Music has a great power for bringing people together. With so many forces in this world acting to drive wedges between people, it's important to preserve those things that help us experience our common humanity. TED TURNER, TURNER BROADCASTING SYSTEM

LAUREN LAUREN
Age:

5

Formal Education

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lauren attends music class on tuesdays and thursdays. Her class consists of a variety of percussion instruments. She runs through a series of music explorations along side her classmates as they “follow the leader” mimicking what the teacher does. For a small portion of the class she is allowed to explore on her own and play with the instruments she pleases.

BEAU
Age:

6

Digital Native

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in addition to Beau’s music class at school, He comes home to play on his dads ipad. His parents enrolled him in a summer music class that introduced children his age to technology pertaining to music. He learns about music by exploring, discovering, and creating inside programs such as garage band and beatlab.

KIP KIP
Age:

6 3/4

Acoustic Explorer

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kip, like beau, makes music after school, except he doesn’t have an ipad. we can just say hes more of an analogue kind of dood. He finds each surface of his house an interesting producer of sound. Really though, he likes to bang on the tupperware while mom cooks dinner.

WHERE DO WE LEARN?
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CLASSROOM
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ONLINE

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PULSE, an online educational community

SOFTWARE

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Things like apps and editing software have allowed children to explore music making in new ways in the classroom. These are things like scratch, garage band, incredibox, and beatlab

LINEAR + COLLABORATION = NONLINEAR PHENOMENON

INSPIRED BY EACH OTHER
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When collaborative efforts are applied to a linear learning system, non linear learning begins to occur in various knooks and crannies. It allows children to problem solve, teach each other, and inspire each other

BRIAN
Age:

43

Music Educator

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this is brian. He's been teaching music for fifteen years now. He has been teaching kindergarten music classes for the past 7 years. He believes that his students have huge leaps in learning when participating in the making of sound. He boils it down to play now learn later. meaning Enjoy the experience and immerse yourself in it and then analyze and reflect post “play.” He has a class discussion after the music session to recap on what was covered and learned that class period

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FUNDAMENTALS OF MUSIC THEORY
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while going through these courses, children are exposed to the basis of music. Referred to as the fundamentals, these topics are learned over time through repetition of simple exercises and through experiencing “play.” These core subjects are crucial to music education because they allow students to progress into more complex theory when learning instruments, composing music, and site reading

PITCH

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The frequency of a note determining how high or low it sounds

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The frequency of a note determining how high or low it sounds

SCALE

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Successive notes of a key or mode either ascending or descending

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Successive notes of a key or mode either ascending or descending

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The element of music pertaining to time, played as a grouping of notes into accented and unaccented beat

RHYTHM

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The element of music pertaining to time, played as a grouping of notes into accented and unaccented beat

MUSIC THEORY for young children

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The element of music pertaining to time, played as a grouping of notes into accented and unaccented beat

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Three or four notes played simultaneously in harmony

CHORD

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Three or four notes played simultaneously in harmony

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Three or four notes played simultaneously in harmony

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A sequence of single notes that is musically satisfying

MELODY

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A sequence of single notes that is musically satisfying

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A sequence of single notes that is musically satisfying

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Pleasing combination of two or three tones played together in the background while a melody is being played. Harmony also refers to the study of chord progressions

HARMONY

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Pleasing combination of two or three tones played together in the background while a melody is being played. Harmony also refers to the study of chord progressions

MUSIC THEORY for young children

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Pleasing combination of two or three tones played together in the background while a melody is being played. Harmony also refers to the study of chord progressions

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Tone color, quality of sound that distinguishes one verse or instrument to another. It is determined by the harmonies of sound

TIMBRE

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Tone color, quality of sound that distinguishes one verse or instrument to another. It is determined by the harmonies of sound

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Tone color, quality of sound that distinguishes one verse or instrument to another. It is determined by the harmonies of sound

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Style used as a means of evoking heightened emotions and states of mind

EXPRESSION

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Style used as a means of evoking heightened emotions and states of mind

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Style used as a means of evoking heightened emotions and states of mind

VISUALIZING SOUND
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visualizing abstraction in a comprehensive way

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CREATIVITY PHYSICAL COORDINATION
MOTOR

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS
M O T I VAT I O N S E N S O RY

LISTENING ABILITIES
MOVEMENT

MEMORY & RECALL SKILLS SPATIAL & ABSTRACT RECOGNITION TEMPORAL REASONING

LOGICAL VISION SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL LANGUAGE BASIC EMOTIONS

BY-PRODUCTS OF MUSIC THEORY
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C O O R D I N AT I O N

M E M O RY

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In addition to learning about music, music education enhances a number of cognitive skills that allow children to excel in other areas of study. Some of the ones we have pulled out are ...

wants & needs
musical comprehension guidance collaboration tools interactivity/movement

boundaries
hearing exposure attention span size [instrument to person] vocal development
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TOOLS & EQUIPMENT
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preschool and kindergarten music classes focuses a lot on the tangibility of an object

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when instruments are used, they tend to be simple, percussion instruments

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such things as a simple xylophone. they often repeat after the teacher and then explore on their own

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in large groups the children collectively make simple grooves with the teacher

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these objects aren’t always instruments, and do not make sound for that matter

“...its about the process not the end product”
LORI GALLOWAY
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aside from music, a lot of creative learning processes for this age range lean towards tactility and movement

musical discovery objects

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note panel 1

2

4

CHORD TETRAHEDRON
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note panel 1 5

hi

3
lo variable

2

4 SCALE CUBE
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low

high

high

low PITCH TORUS
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touch surface

RYTHYM SHPERE
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montessori

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compound learning

3

2

+

=

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