MUSIC ABCs FOR YOUNG BEGINNERS
This is part of a program I did called "TOONS FOR TUNES: SPEAKING THE LANGUAGE OF MUSIC" at the Strand Bookstore in New York City. You can watch a short video by going to www.youtube.com/itoons1 and clicking on that title.
Here are some music basics to share with your kids.
WHAT MAKES MUSIC...MUSIC?
Music is sound, but not just any sound. It's a group of sounds arranged in a special order. Sometimes it's happy. Sometimes it's sad. Sometimes it's scary. Sometimes it's funny. You don't need an instrument to make music. You can sing, tap, clap, clang, whistle a tune or a rhythm.
WHAT 3 THINGS DO WE HEAR WHEN WE LISTEN TO OR MAKE MUSIC?
rhythm: a beat or sound we make by clapping, tapping or striking an object that repeats over and over again in the same way.
melody: the tune or tones we remember. Melody goes up and down, high and low.
harmony: two or more notes played at the same time, sometimes called chords, which connect with the melody and make it even more fun to play or listen to.
HOW DO WE READ AND WRITE MUSIC?
1. Music Staff: (5 lines, 4 spaces, extended up or down with ledger lines)-
b. G Clef: (a sign that tells us which line on the music staff is G)
c. Music Notes: tell us how high and how long to play or sing)
WHAT'S A MUSIC SCALE?
a series of single notes going up or down stepwise. The scale gives us a musical alphabet.
WHAT SCALE DO WE USUALLY LEARN FIRST IN WESTERN MUSIC?
The C Major Scale. The C Major Scale begins and ends with the C note (C1 and C2).
WHAT'S SO SPECIAL ABOUT THE C MAJOR SCALE?
It doesn't have any black keys, so it's the easiest scale to play on a keyboard.
HERE'S A BONUS QUESTION: WHAT BEAT DO WE CARRY AROUND WITH US 24 HOURS A DAY?
answer: a heartbeat. It's the first rhythm we hear in life.