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|
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