NOAH 101 : Lesson 1
The Composition Module
By now, you have hopefully loaded the app and played around with the octopus, rabbit and turtle buttons.
The most important part of NOAH is the composition module which looks like this:
Understanding the Composition Module
The composition module is made up of eight “notes” (animal images). Above and below the notes are arrows which, when pressed, change the image.
Load the app now and make changes to the notes by pressing the up and down arrows.
* If you want to listen to the changes, you can press the rabbit button and watch.
When done, press your web browsers back button to return to this page.
Write the following melody on a piece of paper, load the app and enter each animal into the composition module.
Camel, Camel, Dolphin, Dolphin, Camel, Camel, Camel
When done, the composition module should look like the image below.
Press the turtle (or rabbit) button and listen to the melody.
Right after the melody has finished playing, say “nice!” (or something similar). Then you play this simple melody once with your index finger. Make sure that you play each note at the same tempo.
* If it helps, count silently 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 while you play.
Now let the child try.
If it goes well, then praise the effort and express amazement. Ask to play the melody once more so that you can hear it again.
If it doesn’t go well, use the turtle (playback) button to listen again and have the child try once more.
Praise and encourage your little composer by promising a new lesson tomorrow.
Please do not rush the lessons. The key to success is listening which is a skill that takes time to build. For best and fastest results, play assignment 1 and be patient. Rome wasn’t built in a day. 🙂
What was accomplished today
The art of teaching is based on seeing a lesson trough the child’s eyes. Today, your child got used to looking at small animals and pushing the big animals (play pads) according to how they were lined up.
Hopefully, the repeating notes were played at a slow but steady tempo.
* If not, don’t sweat. We have nine more lessons to get it right.
Finally, a big thank you to you.
Teaching a child the first musical steps brings big rewards. Training a young mind and maximizing the memory retention can lead to much better grades down the road. See you tomorrow.