When To Introduce Reading Notes
Found in: Reading
Whitney M., Iowa
Do you introduce reading notes at about the same time for each student? For example, in an effort to simplify, I intend to start reading rhythm when students begin level 4 and was thinking I would start reading notes around level 5. Do you have a fairly standardized process for introducing supplemental programs?
Cheryl G., Pennsylvania
I start Reading Notes as soon as the students are finished with Reading Rhythm. I usually start Reading Rhythm after students have completed Lullaby in Book 4.
Dixie C., Washington
Toward the end of the Reading Rhythm TTP video, Neil recommends starting the Note Reading program no sooner than when students begin quantifying the rhythms (I understood that to be when you cut the circle into sections).
That may or may not be at the beginning of L. 5, depending on how quickly the student moves through the Rhythm Reading program.
Laurie Richards, Nebraska
I too start Reading Rhythm at the beginning of Level 4 and Reading Notes during Level 5.
Generally I start Reading Notes once the class has been introduced to rests or even dotted notes in the rhythm program. Those are the last concepts introduced in the rhythm book, but I don’t wait until I think they’ve completely “got” ties, dotted notes, and rests, because that is a ongoing process; it takes time and a lot of exposure. But once I’ve introduced the concepts, I start talking about intervals. Of course we keep working at the MORs, transcribing rhythm, and writing rhythm assignments.