So, last post, so long ago, was about preparing and practicing elements so I figured today I would give a few tips on Presenting an element to your class.
When presenting, students should already know everything there is to know about the element- except the real name. If it is a note- is it a step, a skip, or a leap away from known notes? Is it higher or lower than known notes- or in between? If it is a rhythm, they should be able to identify it in new songs and old songs, and new patterns.
When doing a present lesson- I choose the present song first. The present song should have the element only once in it (if possible) AND should have no other unknown elements in it.
Start the lesson as you would any other lesson- I always start singing a few songs that will be in the lesson later to give the students brains a preview of mystery songs.
Whatever song I choose next is used again in lesson. I always use the first song in lesson and read it with the element still unknown, and then as soon as the element is presented we go back to the song.
The rest of the lesson flows pretty normally (obviously there is no pivot song, because the whole lesson is focused on the element being presented). I try to use manipulatives, board work, inner hearing, etc.
Right before I present, I am sure to do a Final Aural Prep which is basically a "repeat after me" that gets continually harder. Students start just by repeating directly after me. I then show them the first solfa note (or tell them what rhythm sound the pattern starts on) using hand-signs and loo the pattern. Next, I just loo the patterns. After that- I sing the words of a known song while signing the first solfa note and finally I just sing the words. Students are required to sing back on solfa for EVERY LEVEL.
The last pattern always leads to the present song- which I have on the board, but missing the measure that contains the new element.
When actually presenting, I am sure to go over all the things students should know about the element- the name, steps, skips, common patterns, handsign, etc.
We then find the new element in other songs.
See below for a sample RE present lesson.
Next post will be on using popular music in upper-elementary grade classes. :)
Number: 25 or so
Focus: PRESENT RE
Known Melodic: d, m, s, l and “new”
Known Rhythmic: q iq z h
Activity Types: Read_x_ Write_x_ Partwork _x_ Form_x_ Improv __ Move_x_