Month: April 2017

Traditional Tunes

Either by rote or using notation, Key Stage 1 children love the success of playing familiar tunes on tuned percussion instruments.  Next term is when we play traditional melodies.  I only use melodies that have up to six notes so two children can play on one xylophone or metalophone.  I have also used handbells to play these pieces.  I try to keep the music as clear as possible but I do have traditional notation for each one.  The main objective is not notation, it’s the success of playing the melody.  I have made some extra harder pieces too so that if they are too easy there are some harder versions which require two hands.  These can be played on the piano or keyboard.  

Feel free to use any of these melodies in your music class.