Friday, August 12, 2011

Melody Charts - a Link

I had a very sweet e-mail from Marcia Berkey, who wanted to share a pdf file for the melody charts she made for the song "The Lord Gave Me a Temple." What a blessing she is. She says,

"I tried to show the length of the notes, the relationships, and the repeating words. I created it in Excel but didn't know if everyone would have that program so I converted it to a pdf document. I went into printer settings and enabled poster printing to be able to print this much bigger so the children (and I) can see it - different printers would have different settings for that."

Marcia put these charts into Google Documents and here is the link for it. (edit:  another link in case the first one doesn't work.) Thank you so much Marcia for sharing this with all of us! You are a sweetheart. ;o)

Just a reminder about what a melody chart is.  A melody chart is simply a "picture" of the melody, some way to visually represent the way the melody moves. So you could draw a phrase of the song on the chalkboard, with a single line that depicts the melody moving up and down in steps. You could draw dots or stars on a paper or poster, to represent the notes, putting these on different levels, somewhat like the way the musical notes are written on the staff lines. A melody chart simply helps the children visualize, in some way, what their voices are doing with the notes.

As a review, you could print the charts for each phrase of the song and ask the children to listen and put the charts in order according to what they hear. You will want to cover the words or that would give it away. You could draw the melody lines on the chalkboard and ask the children to number them as to which "picture" comes first, then second, etc. You could use laminated die-cut numbers with magnets, or even fridge magnets. Ask a child to place a number on the correct line picture. There are just lots of ways to help the children connect with these melody "pictures."

I attended a stake primary music workshop last night and was so glad to feel the spirit and the commitment of those ladies who were there with me. Our stake music specialist, who is also a chorister, was so bright and happy. Her message of connecting with and continually engaging the children was so sincere and her ideas were so helpful. It was a blessing to me just to be together with those women. I hope you all have this kind of support from your stake.


C Dawn's bucket said...

The google doc does not have permissions set for everybody to be able to view the melody chart. Could she perhaps change the privacy/permission settings?

Kathleen said...

Thanks for the heads-up on that. I'll try to figure out how to make it accessible to everyone. I have never been able to learn how to post a pdf directly on the blog, so it has to reside somewhere that I can link to it. I apologize if you cannot access it and will continue to work on it.

Kathleen said...

I hope the link is open now!

Madelyn said...

I also cannot view the chart. I was really hoping to see it.

Kathleen said...

I've tried again to save the document and open the link. I hope this time it will work! If not, I will have to come back to work on it since I've used up all my allotted time at the library. I wish I were connected at home, but am not. Sigh. Thanks for your patience.

Kathleen said...

Thanks to Cynthia we have a second link in a Dropbox, so I hope one or the other will work for everyone. Hooray!

Anonymous said...

I was called to be the primary chorister without a musical background . . . can't read music. This song was unfamiliar to me and appreciate and LOVE the melody chart. It helped us all learn it much easier. Thank you so much.

laura said...

It's not quite right. The first line should say "live within" not "live with him" and "with him" should go down to D.

This is awesome! I'm going to try to find a way to fix it so I can use it to help the kids on Sunday.

laura said...

Is there any way you could share the document as a word file (or however it was created) so it can be edited?


Kathleen said...

Laura, you are correct about the wording. However, I'm sure that this gives you the right idea about how a melody chart works, which was why I wanted to share it. I'm sorry, but since it is not my file, I'm unable to share anything more than what is there.

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