I've got some Lego lovers in my house and studio. I've been using Legos in some of our school activities and realized there were also many ways to use them in our music lessons and practice sessions.
Build a piece
For example, the above figure on the left is the form for Twinkle. I used two colors and two sizes to help the student understand the parts of the piece. ABBA / bread, cheese, cheese, bread / yellow, green, green, yellow. This visual representation shows that the B part (or cheese or green) is shorter than the A part.
Can you guess what the middle figure is representing? Long, Long Ago by TH Bayly You have a musical phrase (yellow) with a first ending (green), repeat the musical phrase (yellow) with a second ending (red). Then you have a completely new musical phrase (blue), followed by a repeat of the first musical phrase (yellow) and second ending (red).
Right now my daughter is learning Minuet in G by Beethoven. This is what the figure on the right represents. As we were practicing I could say, "You know yellow and white. Play each one twice, then listen as I play red and blue. When I'm finished playing, you can play yellow and white again." For some reason this is very different than me saying "Play the first part, then repeat it."
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I'd love to hear your ideas if you have any more!