Valentines and Finale Note Pad
Dear Teachers, Friends and Followers,
We are in the last few weeks of the "Music for Young Children" composing season. It's such a great season to be in with young children and seeing them putting their wonderful ideas down on paper. The fact that they have composed a song and recorded it for all to see is such a thrill as well as a fabulous learning experience. Sometimes, though, students have a little trouble getting started.
Have a wonderful and warm February and enjoy the Valentine Resource posted below.
Solo Time Music Games
|Game of the Month|
Shoot for the Stars
This game was designed for those hot-shot students who can quickly figure out the difference between a chromatic and diatonic semitone but when you throw in the enharmonic flashcard, they have to think about it a little more.
Flashcards are in the shape of stars for added fun.
|To Market To Market - Finale Note Pad|
For a seven year-old like Emily, writing down all of her ideas seemed like too big a task. I recommended to her dad that they try Finale Note Pad to help keep a record of her ideas. It's a fun, music notation program that's easy to use.
There are many great features in this simple program to create melodies on the grand staff. Once a key and time signature have been chosen it is easy to write the melody by choosing the correct note values and placing them on the staff. The program also allows for dynamics to be added and is especially useful for adding the left hand.
Finale Note Pad also has playback feature. Often young children (or parents) can't play the composition to hear how it sounds so using this feature is a great way to experiment with different notes and timing while listening to the piece.
The rules for the composition festival state that the piece must be presented in the child's own handwriting but composing it on Finale allows the child to hear their musical ideas, make any changes they would like then transfer it to paper in an easy-to-read version. Using this program offers another option to help make the composition festival an enjoyable experience for children like Emily.
Finale is now FREE!
|Resources - Valentine Games|