Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Teaching Note Values With Note Cards

Music Lesson: Note Values

A great way to teach note values to your child is to compare note values to note cards:

Materials Needed:

1. Pen
2. Multi-colored note cards


1. Draw a whole note on the back of a yellow note card. (As seen in photo.)

2. Cut a blue note card in half and draw a half note on each card. (As seen in photo.)

3. Cut a pink note card in quarters and draw a quarter note on each card. (As seen in photo.)

4. Cut a green card in eighths and draw an eighth note on each card. (As seen in photo.)

5. Lay out a card pyramid with the blank sides of the cards up as seen in the photo below:

6. Tell your child that all of the cards are related and that there are 2 half cards in one whole card, 2 quarter cards in one half card, 2 eighth cards in one quarter card, 4 eighth cards in a half card, and so on.

Once your child understands the relationship between the cards, flip the cards over as seen in the photo below:

7. Explain to your child that just as the note cards are related, music notes are related in the same way. Tell your child that there are 2 half notes in a whole note, 4 quarter notes in a whole note, 2 eighth notes in a quarter note and so on.

8. Another fun way to use these cards is to have your child practice making rhythms by using Q-tips for bar lines as seen in the photo below:

9. After laying down a rhythm as seen in the photo above practice clapping the rhythm with your child.


Erica said...

What a cute idea with the note cards! Yesterday my 4-year-old started drawing notes all on his own...I didn't show him and I have no idea where he picked it up besides maybe at preschool, but I was excited about it! And so sorry about the giveaway fiasco...I gave it away to someone else when I didn't hear back. But I'll definitely be doing more giveaways in the future! :o)

Mae said...

You have some awesome ideas for the little ones. I love them.

angie said...

I've been meaning to you teach music lessons?

I love getting organized in a move, too. I love to throw stuff out! :)

Genny said...

I always learn something when I stop by! Thank you!

MamaGeek @ Works For Us said...

Thanks for another great tip!

Danielle said...

Neat idea!!! Did you ever stumble across music that might go with sixth grade language arts or math objectives?? Just wondering!!!

mormonhermitmom said...

Finally, a visual way to represent the different notes!

Rosemary Bogdan said...

What a great and simple idea for making note values even to understand. Love the q-tip bar lines.