Play What You See
Figurenotes is a simple system designed to demystify the first steps in learning to read music. Each musical note has a corresponding coloured symbol. With the help of stickers on the instruments, learners play what they see.
Figurenotes starts with two simple concepts:
Find the matching shape on your instrument and play it.
PLAYING IN PULSE
Play the same note with a steady pulse.
Figurenotes was developed in Finland by music educators Kaarlo Uusitalo and Markku Kaikkonen at the Resonaari School in Helsinki (www.resonaari.fi). There they have been teaching adults with learning support needs to play, read and perform music with great success for over 15 years.
“I have been teaching a boy of 5 who is on the high end of the autistic spectrum. Today he had only his fourth lesson with Figurenotes but he was playing Old Macdonald – it made him so happy that he had done that and he wouldn’t stop jumping up and down!”
Music Teacher Emma Fennessy, Kent
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