Notes and pitch

Music is usually made up of notes. Notes are individual sounds with a specific number of vibrations per second (called pitches). Each note in Western music has a specific pitch and an absolute note name. These names are letters of the alphabet: A, B, C, D, E, F, G. (There are also flats and sharps that can be added to each note to specify its pitch.)

In Delicious Music, we use round dots that are colored the same colors as each note in our set of eight resonator bells. In sheet music, you will see that notes are black dots, and some have stems and flags. The look a little like black cherries with stems and leaves!

Your body is your first musical instrument. Your mouth, teeth, tongue, vocal chords, every thing else about our body create a unique voice. No one in the world has the exact same voice as anyone else. One way people recognize you is by your voice! Your voice is completely unique and a wonderful gift. Be sure to take care of your body so that you can use your voice to make music your whole life long!

Different instruments have different “voices”  just like different people have different voices. These voices are different because of what the instrument is made of, its shape, and other parts, such as strings. The length of a string on a stringed instrument affects its pitch. Longer strings make wider vibrations and lower sounds. Shorter strings make faster vibrations and higher sounds.

Here are links to ideas for teaching what notes and pitch are:

10-23-15 Mrs. S’s AM class

11-10-17 Mrs. Y’s PM class: Teaching do, re, and mi, using “Hot Cross Buns”

Note values visuals