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I have to make this 16-32 page book that explains music to kids in Africa. I need to teach them really basic theory. So far I have:

There are many types of music in the world, in this book the focus will be Western Music. There are three basic parts to music: melody, rhythm, and harmony.

Melody is the part of the song that you sing along to.

Rhythm is the beat of a song. You can clap the rhythm of a song. Try it! Take your favorite melody and instead of singing, clap it! You just clapped a rhythm!

Harmony is what happens when more than one note are played together. Harmonies can sound good or bad. Sing one note, and have a friend sing a different note at the same time. You just created a harmony!

Notes are what makes songs. Sing the first word in your favorite song and hold it out. You are singing a note. Now sing the next word. That’s a note too.

There are 12 notes in western music. The distance between two notes is called an
interval. Sing the first note of your favorite song. Now sing the second note.

I'm getting stuck because I don't know how I can explain intervals, chords, etc to people who probably don't even know what a note is. The next thing I'm trying to do is explain enharmonics, then solfeggio.

Any help pit?
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#2
Use pictures along with it.
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#3
And audio aids. Play something and explain the parts.

Why are you doing this by the way?

Edit:
Oh books. Scratch the idea.
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And audio aids. Play something and explain the parts.

Why are you doing this by the way?


Community service class. :P
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Community service class. :P

Cool.
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And audio aids. Play something and explain the parts.


Yeah if it's one thing they need more in africa it's aids
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#7
Play braindrill and try to explain melody to them.
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Yeah if it's one thing they need more in africa it's aids


Haha for some reason that actually made me lol. :P
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Is there any way you could make a movie instead?
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Is there any way you could make a movie instead?


I could, but I don't wanna do this outside of class...so book is the best way to go for me. It's probably better because I doubt they have DVD players in Namibia.

(I'm in class now. That's why I'm posting this, I'm totally stuck. )
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#11
nice idea. maybe try to explain some of their music and compare and contrast it to western music. Teach them about different instruments. Talk about mood and tone. But most importantly keep it easy and fun!

good luck

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I could, but I don't wanna do this outside of class...so book is the best way to go for me. It's probably better because I doubt they have DVD players in Namibia.


But they have PCs. Take em a nice powerpoint presentation. See if Mr. Negroponte's OLPC scheme has actually worked!
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Play the twig. Or the mud drum.

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nice idea. maybe try to explain some of their music and compare and contrast it to western music. Teach them about different instruments. Talk about mood and tone. But most importantly keep it easy and fun!

good luck


I don't know anything about African music, except that it's rhythms combine with western harmony to create the blues. So that's out of the question.
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#15
I grew up in South Africa and I know that the kids there aren't retarded. They know what music is, it's the backbone of their culture. They may not know official music theory but they know music.

And I can guarantee you if you go up to a random kid they'll know the whole lyrics to at least one 50 cent or Jay-Z song.

Now if you're doing this for North Africa it's a different story, it's a lot worse off than southern africa. But they'll still know what music is.


Edit - You could just record all this on an audio CD and give audio examples of everything. And yes they have CDs in Africa
#16
When I saw the thread title I thought it was about explaining what music is to kids in Africa as if they're too poor to have music.

But yeah, lots of simple examples and diagrams should help.
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kensai, that was racy.


#18
Just use as many examples as possible
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#19
F* teaching them about our music. Learn their stuff! That country probably has waaaaay more musical roots than ours. Not so much harmonies but percussion wise
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Learn about their music first. I reccommend the above artist, hes really good.
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Habib Koite


Learn about their music first. I reccommend the above artist, hes really good.


I only know him due to two of his tracks being included with Vista, but I Ka Barra is a great catchy track.

Any albums of his I should download?
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It's like you teach a blind man how to see green....he just can't he does not know it...he could know the exact frequency of it and he still wouldn't know jack about it.

your work is complimentary,but let's face it.Unless you show them,or someone else,they will never know what it is.
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F* teaching them about our music. Learn their stuff! That country probably has waaaaay more musical roots than ours. Not so much harmonies but percussion wise

I doubt any term with the prefix poly- (such as polyrhythm in African music) will go over well with toddlers...

Just stick to the basics.

For enharmonics, you would have to teach them notation first... Seems like a drag. I personally think you should save notation for another time.

For chords, you'd have to first establish what octaves and tones are. Then tell them that any 3 or more distinctive tones played simultaneously is a chord.

...modes and scales are still useless.


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I only know him due to two of his tracks being included with Vista, but I Ka Barra is a great catchy track.

Any albums of his I should download?


The only album I have is Muso ko, its good.
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