Note: I have a PrometheanBoard in my classroom with a mounted projector. This lesson is suited around using an activ or smartboard of some type; however, it can easily be adapted to using whatever visuals you have to teach notation.
- Introduce the notes in the treble clef staff according to the method you use. I use "Every Good Boy Does Fine" and "FACE" and I actually use the BrainPOP Jr. video "Musical Alphabet" - if you or your school subscribes to BrainPOP, I highly recommend using this 6-minute video. It's fun, entertaining, and even educational!!
- Review with students by doing some online drill. I like Ricci Adams' MusicTheory.net - see the exercises page to customize a drill for the note you are concentrating on.
- Divide students into groups depending on the number of the following centers you will be using.
- Computers - spell words with note names using ClassicsForKids game "Note Names"
- Flashcards - print, copy, and cut enough flashcards sets for the number of pairs of students you have in a group. These flashcards are from MakingMusicFun.net (a great site!!!)
- Worksheets - I used the Color That Note | Treble Clef | G Position worksheet from MakingMusicFun.net. Make enough copies for all students so that they have one to take with them.
- Bingo Chip (or Candy) Staff - Print out and make enough copies for pairs in groups of the staff graphic. Give each pair some round candies (Skittles, M&Ms, and Spree work great) or Bingo chips and have pairs quiz each other by placing the candy/chips on the staff for different notes.
Here was my scenario: 3 groups of 9-10 kids each, 3 centers: computers, flashcards, worksheets, 5 computers with 2 kids at each computer, 10 minutes per center, spanned 2 50-minute class periods.
Coming Soon: Culminating Activity for Notation to Follow Our Centers