Music notation – how to read and write music
(with jam sessions!)
A series of sessions that teach how we read and write music, with opportunities for playing instruments throughout. Children learn one notation element at a time, working in small groups on whatever music instruments the school has available. At the end of each session, a short improvised music jam is fun!
Sessions will be based around the following elements, depending on the children’s age;
The basics, exploring how we write down rhythms: crotchets, quavers, rests and time signatures.
Moving on to pitch: the stave, clefs, the piano keyboard and how it connects with other instruments.
Dynamics notation, performance directions and tempo markings.
What are sharps and flats and why do we need them? Examining key signatures and accidentals. The cycle of fifths.
Chords, the harmonic series and orchestral instruments.
Duration:1 hour weekly for up to a term
Suitable for: Year 2 to Year 8
Group size: around 30 children
Curriculum elements: Music notation, pitch, rhythm, dynamics, tempo, listening skills, improvisation.
Cost: £50 per session + travel