In this Preschool Prodigies music lesson, C introduces us to the note G! We also learn that C and G are best friends inside a silly original song, “Best Friends, C and G!”
Note: These two notes are the most important notes in the C Major scale for lots of reasons that we’ll learn about specifically in Primary Prodigies. For now though, it’s important for learners to understand that C is 1 and G is 5, and that these two notes sound good when played together. The best friends metaphor helps set this up for their ear’s understanding of 1-5 and will come in handy when we talk about harmonies in later chapters.
In Best Friends, C and G, we…
-Review playing the home base note, C
-Meet the Teal bell, G
-Sing and play at different volumes, different speeds and in different patterns with C and G
-Review the numbers of the bells (1 and 5) and learn that C and G are best friends
Best Friends, C and G Follow Up Activities
Using either the PsP Printable Elements, or some simple pieces of paper with red or teal markings, you can create simple Red and Teal songs of your very own!
You can even encourage your learner to “sing a song about your best friend while playing your two bells together.” Many children will happily go on a stream-of-consciousness rant when given an opportunity to sing a song about someone they know. Some more shy children might prefer to write the words down first, in which case, try to keep it short (8 – 16 words long).
While a stream-of-consciousness song is a great form of expression and a great practice in creativity, it can be difficult as a parent and as a teacher to add a deliberate music lesson to the activity.
Using the 1-5 relationship though, you can let your learner happily accompany themselves, as it will give them a strong musical foundation and even encourage them to sing using the notes 1 and 5 (which will sound a lot like a Gregorian chant from the middle ages if you really only stick to 1 and 5).
If you don’t have an instrument, try using the “Do” hand sign (two fists at your waist), and the Sol hand sign (both hands out flat as though you’re going to give two thumbs up, then extend the fingers).
In the next lesson, we’ll be playing a simple arrangement of “The Wheels on the Bus” with the Red and Teal bell. This will help us practice some more with these two notes, while applying them a well-known children’s classic through a simple 1-5 arrangement.