Our music curriculum is designed to teach children using shaped notes commonly used in Anabaptist songbooks. The course consists of one book and answer key per grade and a teacher's manual.
Each book reviews concepts learned in previous levels. Books 4-8 are also suitable for older students who have not had previous systematic music instruction.
Students may begin Music Book One in Grade 1 or 2 and do one workbook per year. However, other than gradual advancement in reading level, the workbooks are not tied into any particular grade. Both round and shaped notes are taught.
Material overlaps between books, but some specifics in each book follow:
Book One: Lines, spaces, note names/shapes, the scale, heads, stems, flags
Book Two: Time value of notes and rests, the staff
Book Three: Measures/measure bars, the G clef, time signatures
Book Four: Sharps and flats, pitch pipe, key signatures
Book Five: Chromatic scale, the F clef, naturals, time patterns
Book Six: The grand staff, round notes, compound time signatures, slurs, ties
Book Seven: Diatonic scale, minor scale, intervals, terms/symbols
Book Eight: Accidentals, directive signs, tempo, volume, style, chords
The teacher's manual gives helpful suggestions for teaching Grades 1-8 and for developing a well-rounded music class. It also includes reproducible blackline drill master sheets to reinforce concepts taught in the music books. They may be used as timed drills or as self-paced worksheets.