Finding the "just right" answer to written supplementary music theory materials for students with special needs can bbe a challenging task, but with the Theory Time Pre-Primer Reproducible Series, co-authored by DFTM's Artistic Director, Mary Kathryn Archuleta, the solution is at hand. There are four packets totalling over 160 pages of exciting materials that can be used to reinforce any method. These materials are ideal for use in both private study and the music classroom.
Part of the proceeds from the sale of an item in the PRE-PRIMER REPRODUCIBLE SERIES series is donated to Dreams Fulfilled Through Music, a non-profit organization created to assist children with special learning needs. ALL SALES FINAL ON REPRODUCIBLE MATERIALS.
|PRE-PRIMER A – Keyboard, Alphabet & Hands, Black & white keys, music alphabet, name & location of white keys, right & left hand identification, finger numbers, Fun Sheets, Teacher Guide. (5 lessons, 46 pages) ALL SALES FINAL ON REPRODUCIBLE MATERIALS.|
PRE-PRIMER B – Position & Movement, Music alphabet and Keyboard, Position on the keyboard, absolute & relative, up & down, below & above, horizontal movement on the keyboard, moving up & down, definitions & correlation of concepts & terms, Fun Sheets, Teacher Guide. (5 lessons, 75 pages) .
PRE-PRIMER C offers a unique answer to teaching note reading to a very young student, gifted student or a student with special learning needs. By showing how a rotated keyboard can become the lines and spaces of the grand staff, the dilemma of teaching note reading from the perspective of the “Middle C position” or the “C Major position” is solved. Students learn from the very beginning that the grand staff is really just one big staff and the music alphabet is continuously repeated, line-space-line-space. Middle C is the natural division between the treble and bass staves. Emphasis is also placed upon the concepts of HIGH and LOW as the words relate to both location and sound. The challenge of teaching students to write notes ON A LINE is addressed through many examples that explain the differences between what is taught in school and what is learned in music. This packet includes 56 pages.
PRE-PRIMER D packet presents the basic elements of rhythm, spanning how to draw notes, stems, and rests through time signatures, measures, counting and dynamics (loud & soft). Types of notes include quarter, half, dotted half and whole. Rests include quarter, half and whole. Worksheets can all be enlarged for the very young student or those with special needs who need extra practice in developing the fine motor skills needed to write notes and rests legibly. Visual and aural recognition and understanding of what is meant by a steady beat are emphasized. Students are given written examples to complete and asked to tap and clap simple rhythm patterns.
The concept of what a dot means in music is explained, and enrichment activities are given to help students understand the relationships between the various note values. The use of the metronome is introduced in a fun and captivating manner in Lesson Four, where counting with note values is initially presented. Lesson Five focuses on time signatures and what they mean. Throughout this packet, reference is made to the Music Learning Community for aural-based rhythm games for reinforcement of the concepts taught. This packet includes 50 pages.