Today in my General Music Methods (K-12 practicum) we are discussion how to teach differentiation of pitch to young children. When children are young, movement to emphasize the differences in pitch (higher to lower, etc.) rather than simply listening alone. An example would be to teach a scale song (Such as “Climbing Up the Ladder”) and ask the students to pretend that they are painters, painting upwards with their hands when they hear the notes ascending and painting downward when the notes descend. (Be careful that the students aren’t confused by the use of the terms “up” and “down.” When a parent tells their child to “turn the TV down” they do not mean to make the notes lower, so some students may confuse pitch and volume.)
Here is a chart from the reading we did this week (I am not intending to infringe on copy rights at all; I will share the title of the book as soon as I can get all the information collected.) Have a nice day!
Children’s Melodic Development Table
About Lady Fair
Lady is a musician with a bachelor's degree in music education. She plays multiple instruments and has participated in numerous musical ensembles, giving her a wide variety of experiences and knowledge to use in her teaching career. Of her ensemble participation, she has fifteen years of band experience, nine years choral, and four years in orchestra. Éowyn's primary instrument is clarinet, with voice and piano being close secondary instruments. Throughout her musical education career she studied voice and clarinet simultaneously. In addition to clarinet, piano, and voice, she has also studied violin and oboe at the college level, and also plays recorder, tin whistle, and other instruments in the woodwind family.
If you ask her, she will say, "I chose to major in music education because I have a desire to use my knowledge and experience in music to share its beauty and foster a love of music in the hearts of my students. I hope to encourage my students to try their hardest, feel like they have accomplished something, and give them a life long passion for music."
Lady currently teaches private lessons on clarinet, sax, flute, oboe, piano, and voice, and recently gained a position teaching orchestra and chorus at a local middle school. She is also a member of the Once Upon a Dream woodwind ensembles.