A systematic approach

Teaching music literacy to young children demands a systematic and child-centred approach, taking into consideration the physical, emotional and musical development of the students.  The video below gives a hint of the sequence involved in introducing the half-note (minim).

First, it is vital to choose suitable repertoire.  "Rain is falling down" is a simple song, popular amongst children, and features the new rhythm.

In teaching any new rhythm, it is vital that a child can sing and undertsand the rhythm from a chart of beat icons.  Initially, the task of reading the new rhythm is generously scaffolded, typically using icons that are suitable for the song.  Gradually this scaffolding is removed, until the child can fluently and accurately read and write the rhythm using standard musical notation. 

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