MUSIC IS A MORAL LAW,
IT GIVES SOUL TO THE UNIVERSE
WINGS TO THE MIND.
FLIGHT TO THE IMAGINATION
A CHARM TO SADNESS
GAIETY AND LIFE TO EVERYTHING.
IT IS THE ESSENCE
OF ORDER AND LENDS TO ALL
THAT IS GOOD,JUST, AND BEAUTIFUL.
PLATO

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I had a really interesting morning at the Cafe this morning. I took my score as usual but was joined eventually by my french grandchild.

I turned the paper over and drew a stave ( 5 lines ) and then drew a note on the line C.....I asked Alice what C could mean? , We got Cat, Cockerel, Cuckoo but she decided on the Cockerel and so she drew a small Cockerel in the circle representing C.

Then we turned our attention to D ( the next note up ) ...was it Dog? Duck?  Yes!! that's the one...so again, she drew a small quacking Duck in the circle representing the note D and so on until we reached the 8th note or the Octave. She found this alot of fun.

 

 Then I began to hum up the scale, using the point of the pencil to indicate each note as I sang. Soon she was joining in and developing confidence, so we began to sing easy intervals like a third ( 3 notes apart ), a 5th and the 8th and so on.....As her confidence developed, i was able to make improvements to the sound she was producing.

 This session....which was spontaneous and ' off the cuff'....(never did it this way before,) turned out to be fascinating to her and fun for me......what a way to teach kids I thought!! At the Cafe with a piece of paper and a pencil....

.The really amusing side line was Stefan ( the waiter ) who was listening and joining in but he sure needs some study!! This ' sideline' has a history behind it.....Sometimes, the staff at the Cafe ( who are overworked ) get a bit argumentative with each other.....that is when I get up and sing ' Happy  Birthday' to whoever is causing the argument......it always works like a charm!! They can't help but collapse with laughter!! Have a lovely evening all xx