Only Format is
used to test students reading abilities or, as a starting
point for advanced readers. This format is also used
at instrument centers in grades 4 and 5, after pitch letter
names are known. After a particular format is read,
switching to the Music
Only Format concentrates
the visual field on the music and forces the learner to look
at the music, not the answers. As
a class lesson, center activity, or time-out activity, Music
Only Formats are excellent
worksheets to assess your student's knowledge of beat divisions, rhythms, and pitches.
Format introduces the learner to the divisions
of sound and silence within the song. This format
is also useful in singing or chanting pitches to the
beat divisions, a technique used by many middle and high
school music programs, and first introduced to our founder,
while in high school (1973), by Robert Shaw during an
owe it to the composer that pitches start and end in their
- Robert Shaw,
Spivey Hall - Master Lessons
Clayton State University
Morrow, Georgia, 1996.
Format uses the traditional ti's and ta's to
illustrate and hear patterns within the beat divisions. Often
rhythms are easier to read than the beat divisions. Starting
with the Rhythm
Format in such cases will bring success! For
more complex patterns, the Beat Format is your best starting point. Always
follow the Rhythm
Formatwith the Music Only Format to demonstrate and
practice reading without the answered text! True
ownership of the process comes when the students ask for
the Music Only Format FIRST!
Format builds on the information
mastered while reading the beats and rhythm formats. Adding two syllable words to a
known rhythm can be accomplished successfully
by all reading levels. Chant the pitch names to the rhythm before singing the pitches. Quite often pitch
patterns differ from rhythm patterns.
will find learning Pitch Numbers easier than the syllables, as
numbers are mastered before two letter words. Whether
using Solfeggio or Pitch Numbers first, ALWAYS follow with a quick reading of the alternate
method. The extra practice will be rewarded, the
added concept will bring confidence in the musician!
Reading the selection using the Letter Names continues to reinforce the many ways one can read music. After
a tune or song is known students use Letter Names format to
transfer vocal reading skills to an instrument. It is best suited for instrument centers.
students learn to follow notes they are successful
in following words and word syllables in the same rhythm and increase thier ontask reading behavior. Think of the Text Format as a reward for reading the previous formats.