Unit 4 Putting it Together
Student are now learning new skills/tunes, earn their merit badges, and practice rhythms. The final step is to put all of these together. As students earn three of four belts they will have shown that they have a handle on their instrument and a sense of tonality, and rhythm. It is at this point where you can start introducing notation. You can start by presenting the songs they already know using solfege. An example is listed below.
As play Hot Cross Buns they will be able to make the connection to the sounds they know to the symbols they see on the page. The will have an easier time reading notes because they will have more of an understanding of what each pitch means making music reading much less arbitrary from a beginners eyes.