Systems & Sequence

Systems

Rhythm:

My personal favorite is the system that Carol Krueger uses in her book Progressive Sight Singing.  I love how it so clearly delineates the beat.  Many people use the traditional ta, ti ti, ti ka ti ka syllables, and there's nothing wrong with that.  Just be aware that most of my song analysis will utilize the TaKaDiMi system.

Here's a link to Carol's book.  It's definitely worth the money.  Here's the website to go with.

Pitch:

As for syllables, I use the regular Curwen signs.  I definitely teach with moveable Do, and if you don't I'd ask you to really consider rethinking that.  Here's another teacher's explanation of the Curwen signs if you're unfamiliar.

Sequences

The most important thing to remember about these sequences: do not show students what they aren't ready to see and read.  Yes, you can learn songs that have rhythms and pitches the students haven't identified yet.  However, those songs must be taught by rote.  When students are ready, then come back to those songs use them as presentation and possibly practice songs.

You may also notice that neither sequence includes any rhythm or pitch identification before first grade.  Kindergarten is a time for students to experience many, many songs aurally before attaching names and meaning to any of it.  The idea is to train the brain to be as tuneful as possible in their earliest musical training years.  Some teachers even wait until second grade to begin identifying musical terminology.  I'd suggest you read more about it.

Rhythm:


K
Heart Beat









1st
HB
Ta
Quarter Note
Ta Di
Set of Eighth Notes
QR
Quarter Rest






2nd
HB
Ta
Ta Di
QR
Ta-a
Half Note





3rd
HB
Ta
Ta Di
QR
Ta-a
Takadimi
Set of Sixteenth Notes
Ta dimi
Eighth/Sixteenth Hybrid
Takadi
Sixteenth/Eighth Hybrid
Ta/Di
Single Eighth Note

4th
HB
Ta
Ta Di
QR
Ta-a
Takadimi
Ta dimi
Takadi
Ta/Di
Ta Di Di
2 Beat Syncopation
Ta-a-a-a
Whole Note
HR
Half Rest
Ta-a Di
Dotted Quarter Note & Eighth Note







5th
HB
Ta
Ta Di
QR
Ta-a
Takadimi
Ta dimi
Takadi
Ta/Di
Ta Di Di
Ta-a-a-a
HR
Ta-a Di
WR
Whole Rest
Ta Di-i
Eighth Note & Dotted Quarter Note
Ta-a-a
Dotted Half Note
3/4 Meter
Taka-
Single Sixteenth and Dotted Eighth


6th
HB
Ta
Ta Di
QR
Ta-a
Takadimi
Ta dimi
Takadi
Ta/Di
Ta Di Di
Ta-a-a-a
HR
Ta-a Di
WR
Ta Di-i
Ta-a-a
3/4 Meter
Taka-
6/8 Meter
Triplet

Pitch:

The red pitches are what are being introduced in each row.  This sequence is pulled form the American Methodology book by Eisen and Robertson.

1st



Sol

Mi







La
Sol

Mi





2nd


La
Sol

Mi

Do





La
Sol

Mi
Re
Do



3rd
Do’

La
Sol

Mi
Re
Do



Do’

La
Sol

Mi
Re
Do


Sol,
4th
Do’

La
Sol

Mi
Re
Do

La,

Do’

La
Sol

Mi
Re
Do

La,
Sol,
5th
&
6th





Mi
Re
Do
Ti,
La,
Sol,


La
Sol
Fa
Mi
Re
Do



Do’
Ti
La
Sol
Fa
Mi
Re
Do





La
Sol
Fa
Mi
Re
Do
Ti,
La,