Let's Musicise

What is Let's Musicise?

Let's Musicise (LM for short) is a method for for teaching the whole class in a primary school play to read, perform, improvise and create music. It was inspired by years of frustration in trying and failing to teach a whole class to learn to read notes.

I have implemented it in our school for a few years and the music learning and enthusiasm have gone through the roof – almost EVERY single child from Y1 to Y6 reads and plays music in our school now. As they are allowed to come to the music room during breaks and lunch, I see them practise the lessons on a daily basis. Not only that - they open to the ideas and make distinctions between  improvising, making variations and creating brand new tunes.

The complete program consists of 3 levels plus the Rhythmic Notation section - to be used as introduction as well as supplement files to all other sections.

 

Name Age Main instrument (key) Additional instruments & notes
LMR: Rhythmic Notation 4-9 Percussion Rhythmic melodies of the songs used in Chime bars, Ocarina and Music4Primary 1
LMC: Chime bars 5-7 Chime bars (C) boomwhackers, bells, piano
LMD: Ocarina 6-8 Ocarina (D) piano
LMG1: Music for Primary 1 7-9 Recorder (G) piano, guitar, ukulele
LMG2: Music for Primary 2 10-15 Guitar, piano (G) drums, bass, recorder, ukulele, percussion; additional level for advanced users

Let's Musicise: a deeper look.

Use VLC media player - it has the amazing feature to play faster and slower (usually using the shortcuts "[" and "]") and it's available for all computer platforms.

 

All notation and word documents are created using Open Source Software