Wouldn’t it be brilliant if children could read music as easily as they read words and numbers?
The Activated Theory of Music (ATOM) programme has been developed to start meeting these needs; to increase musical literacy for as many learners as possible, and to make understanding its system of symbols learner-centred, natural and fun.
Centred on shared stories, colourful texts, games, rewards, motivation strategies and memory-based follow-up, the ATOM programme departs from traditional workbook-based programmes; placing emphasis on positive teacher-student interactions and discussions arising from stories and game play. It can be used in both classroom and private teaching music lessons.
One of the key features with the ATOM programme is that has been developed to meet the kinds of music reading requirements outlined by Trinity College London, Theory of Music, Grade 1-3.
However, the thinking behind it could be applied to any similar syllabus, including NCEA. Equally, ATOM can simply be used as a means to help learners understand written music better.
Unlike some other programmes that incorporate additional, often overwhelming playing and aural requirements, ATOM moves through topic after topic on a continuous path of games and memory-work; making the act of understanding written music easy and fun. That’s it!
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