I'm excited to have a guest blogger today! Tamarie Sayger will be writing about a game to help incorporate the Kodály philosophy into the band classroom. You can read more about her at the end of this post; thanks to Tamarie for sharing her expertise!
- Younger elementary students working on stick notation.
- Older elementary students working on reading music on Orff instruments.
- Older elementary students working on recorder. (Range would need adjustment)
- Younger secondary students learning to play instruments in band or orchestra.
- Print the Great Big House in New Orleans Envelope Paper. (Download Free Here)
- Copy enough for each child in your room to have a set (on cardstock if possible).
- Cut into 4 motives. (2 measures each)
- Put one set in each envelope – enough for a class set.
- Give each child an envelope with the melody cards inside. (If playing this game with young children you can appoint a ‘postman’ to ‘deliver the mail.’)
- Have them ‘open their mail’ and take out all 4 cards and put them in front of them on the stand (or floor for elementary students).
- Have students be sure the stars (asterisks) are in the top right corner. (I purposely don’t use clefs and cut off the final bar because that would give away the first and last card which would make it too easy. You can be sure students don’t have it upside down by having them check that their ‘stars are in the sky.’)
2. Students identify which card is correct. (In this song example of Great Big House in New Orleans measures 1-2 and 5-6 are the same, so they can choose either.)
3. Demonstrate the first 2 measures again and have them check their card. If it is not right they can switch it. Have them hold up their card where you can see it and be sure everyone has the correct card. (If they are having trouble you can also sing on solfége or note names to help them identify the correct card.)
4. Students sing/handsign the card with solfége.
5. Students sing the note names while fingering the notes.
6. Students play the 2 measures on the instrument.
Repeat the steps from round one for the next 2 measures, but after playing measures 3-4, play measures 1-4.
Repeat the steps from round one for the next 2 measures, but after playing measures 5-6, play measures 1-6.
They will know the last card is the 4th one. Repeat the steps 4-6 and then play the whole song.
(Another option to challenge them is when they have picked the 3rd card, have them immediately put the 4th card back in their envelope. Then see if after the third round is complete anyone can figure out the last 2 measures without looking at the card.)
3. Sing on solfege and note names.
4. Play the entire song again.