musician knows that the ability to take melodic dictation takes
practice! Comprehending the combination of pitch, rhythm, and
meter that occur in any melody requires a basic understanding
and practical application of music theory. After years of teaching
aural skills, I have come to the conclusion that the best way
to teach beginning melodic dictation is by implementing melodies
that are already familiar to the student. This method eliminates
adding yet one more barrier to success -- memory of the melody!
After students become comfortable with dictation of familiar
tunes, the teacher can then begin to introduce melodies that
are unfamiliar -- adding the fourth variable of "memory"
to the task.
Melody a Day web site is designed to give music students
the practice they need to become proficient in melodic dictation.
Implementing the FREE Finale
Notepad software for Windows or Macintosh, this web
site allows you to choose a melody, print the setup page
for the melody from your computer, and then listen to the
hidden version as you take melodic dictation with your pencil
on the printed sheet. You can also choose to download a Notepad version,
that will allow you to write out your dictation using the
Finale Notepad tools, save it to your computer desktop, and
then print it out to hand into your instructor. When you
are finished taking the dictation, click on the Answer version
of the melody and you will be able to see and hear the answer
as it scrolls and plays within the Finale Notepad software.
out of melodies or need a little more challenge? After you
have selected your melody, click on the Key
Signature Tool button in Finale Notepad
and try the dictation in a more difficult key of your choice!
For suggestions on a lesson plan that gives you guidance
in terms of the order of melody usage (from easiest to hardest)
or according to rhythmic concepts, chromaticism, synocpation,
etc. and other concepts your instructor is currently teaching
in music theory class, please click on the lesson
plan link in the navigation
use this site, you must download and install the Finale
Notepad software from the MakeMusic
web site. To get started, cilck on the Instructions button in the navigation bar to the left and follow
the instructions provided there.
© 2006, Luanne Eris Fose