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The Land of Music® series is a complete music theory and performing arts curriculum.

The tremendous success of the Land of Music® series is a result of the system’s unique approach to teaching music theory. By breaking down aspects of music theory into simple, fun, elements using learning through association, students learn quickly with phenomenal retention. The Land of Music®, created by Note Family, Inc., is taught throughout the United State and abroad. It allows students to develop not only music education skills, but also math skills. The skill level achieved far exceeds that of a traditional music education approach.

The Land of Music® system is comprised of four parts that are used sequentially throughout the elementary and junior high years. Each kit of Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4 is designed to be at least a two year curriculum starting with Kindergarten through 8th grade. Each is designed so that all student materials are reproducible, including song sheets, activity pages, tests, and coloring pages (for Parts 1 and 2).

All materials specified in the lesson guides are included. The teacher does not even have to prepare lesson plans – it’s done for you!

Each teacher’s guide contains 36 lesson plans, and incorporates two months of review, one in December and one in May, allowing room for those special holiday and end-of-school performances.

It takes only 10 minutes each week to teach the theory portion of the Land of Music® system, leaving time for teachers to incorporate other instructional ideas, songs and activities if desired.

The Land of Music® system far exceeds all requirements for grade-level music skills standards throughout the United States.

The Land of Music® system incorporates activities that address all four styles of learning, ensuring no child will be left behind in understanding music theory.

The Land of Music® system is divided into four parts. Although recommended grade levels are included, each part can be used with varied grade levels. Which part you select depends upon how much classroom time you have per week to teach music education. The end result, however, is that your students will be able to read and write music, play keyboard if you choose, and exhibit music-education skills to a much higher degree than is traditionally taught from elementary through junior high school. And you’ll teach in a way that truly is fun for the student and fun and easy for you, the instructor.

Again, a major advantage of the Land of Music® system is that it promotes accelerated math skills.

Series Specifics

Part 1 is recommended for Kindergarten through first or second grade.

Part 1 introduces all of the note and rest symbols, the dot and the treble clef staff. It also introduces basic time signatures such as 4/4, 3/4 and 2/4, along with the musical alphabet. The students learn what a measure is, a staff, a bar line and the basic elements that together teach the reading of music.

The Land of Music® system teaches, through association, such symbols as Willie Whole Note, the father of the Note Family, Helen Half Note, the mother of the Note Family, Quincy Quarter Note, the teenage quarter note, etc. These personified characters demonstrate through stories, songs, activity pages, games, movement and coloring pages the identification and value of each note and rest symbol, and much more.

Part 2 is recommended for second, third and often fourth grade.

Part 2 introduces the names of the lines and spaces of both the treble and bass clef. It teaches the grand staff, ledger lines, all time signatures, musical directions, tempos, dynamics, accidentals and key signatures. There is also a keyboarding section for those who wish to teach keyboarding to their students. Throughout Part 2 are many opportunities to develop music-writing skills. Games, movements, activity pages and quizzes are used in each section, as well as stories, songs and coloring pages that teach and reinforce the Part 2 objectives. Due to the amount of material covered in Part 2, it is recommended that it be used over two to three years, depending on the amount of class time available each school year.

Part 3 is recommended for students in fourth, fifth and sixth grades. It can also be used successfully in seventh grade.

Part 3 is for those students and teachers who want to master music theory. It also develops the listening skills of the student to recognize the different instruments and in which styles of music each instrument traditionally will be found.

Part 3 also teaches different meter phrasing for accurate music-writing skills, as well as understanding, recognizing and playing intervals, chords and scales. With six sets of flash cards, dozens of activity pages, listening CDs and activities, games and tests, Part 3 will build great interest and skills in music and other performing arts, taking students to an exciting new level of music appreciation and understanding, and perhaps planting the seeds of a musical career or lifetime avocation. Your students will write music that will amaze you. The high school band and choral teachers in your district will be thrilled with your results.

Part 4 is recommended for the Junior High level (7th and 8th grades).

Part 4 provides a trip through world history with a focus on music. Students learn about the music, art, architecture, society and government of historical eras, traveling from the medieval age to world-culture music. There are dances for each era, a time line to go along with the events of that period, music, condensed biographies of well-recognized composers – everything one needs to explore the history of music is all there.

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