Lesson Index
Optional Supplemental Recommendations

Lesson Index
  1. London Bridge is Falling Down
  2. Hey, Diddle, Diddle
  3. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
  4. Bill Grogan’s Goat
  5. Mistress Mary
  6. Jack and Jill
  7. Humpty Dumpty
  8. All the Pretty Little Horses
  9. Baa, Baa, Black Sheep
  10. There Was a Crooked Man
  1. Identify and recall the melody of a given piece
  2. Describe the melody in terms of its emotional content or mood
  3. Analyze the musical components of melody (pitch and rhythm)

Specific Objectives

  • Pitch
    • Melodic Line: Identify the direction the melody moves on the score – upward (ascending) and downward (descending),
    • Melodic Motion: Identify repeated notes, step-wise motion to adjacent notes (conjunct motion), and leaps to non-adjacent notes (disjunct motion).
    • Melodic Contour: Identify the general shape of the melody including its high and low points of the melody.
  • Rhythm
    • Meter
      • Identify the beat of the music.
      • Distinguish between simple and compound meter.
      • Identify the measure and count the number of beats it contains.
    • Introduction to rhythmic patterns
    • Recognize the distinction between the beat (meter) and the rhythm of the melody (short and long notes).
  • Mood
    • Key: This involves distinguishing three aspects of key. The first is the major/minor distinction. The second is recognizing the key signature which shows the pattern of accidentals at the beginning of the music. The third is identifying the tonic note
      • Identify whether the piece is in a major or minor key.
      • Identify the number of accidentals (sharps or flats) indicated at the beginning of the piece in the key signature.
      • Identify the tonic note which gives the key its name.

For more on how implement the curriculum see How to Begin.


See Music Resources for more complete and general resources.
See Instructor’s Guide for how to teach a lesson.

Sheet Music Printable
It is highly recommended that you provide printed copies of this printable for each student. It will be used to play the songs on the piano, as well as for score analysis during the Discussion section of lessons.

MusicTheory.net Exercises
Throughout the Melody I unit it may be helpful to practice music theory concepts taught by utilizing the free exercises on this website (there is also an app). Melody I requires knowledge of note identification which can be reinforced by this resource.

Complete playlist of simple recordings for Melody I unit:
Optional Supplemental Recommendations:

Image Source: Pierre-Auguste Renoir [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons