Rod and Staff Music

Singing praises to God fills an important role in a child's life and is also a vital part of the Christian life. The message of song should not be hindered by poor-quality singing. Don't miss the great opportunity to teach children the fundamentals of music and good singing in school!

This series is designed to teach a cappella singing. Learning shaped notes has helped many to sing tones accurately, which enables them to learn to sing new songs without musical accompaniment. Vocal practice is also important, so have your students sing the scale, musical drills, rounds, and songs with three- or four-part harmony. Sing!


Christian Music Series

  Grade 1
Beginning in Music
Grade 2
Beginning in Music
Grade 3
Beginning in Music
Grades 4-5
Growing in Music
Grades 6-7
Developing in Music
Grade 8
Maturing in Music

Note shapes

Scale singing


Cleff signature

Degrees of the staff


Grand staff

Diatonic scale

Key signature

Absolute pitch

Minor diatonic scale

Chromatic scale


Using a pitchpipe

Reading round notes



Pentatonic scale

(Previous skills extended)


Note value

Rest value


Measure bars

Time signature

Pulse note

Symbols that affect note value

Repeat signs

Measure structure

Beating patterns



(Previous skills extended)



Voice quality

Moods of music



Using a metronome

(Previous skills extended)

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Beginning in Music One is a set of 32 one-sided, tear-out worksheets designed to teach two sets of musical characters: the syllable shapes and kinds of notes.

Shapes tell the syllable name (Do, Re, Mi, etc.) and are not related to length of tone. In teaching the syllable shapes, we have ascribed to each syllable a particular color which expresses the general feeling of that tone. The worksheets drill tracing shapes, coloring shapes, choosing particular shapes from varieties of shapes, and matching the shapes to their names. The emphasis at this level is on recognition of shapes and their names.

Beginning in Music Two has 36 one-sided, tear-out worksheets that review and drill syllable shapes and kinds of tones. This course is more advanced than the Grade 1 course in that pupils learn to draw shaped notes and characters showing note values, and they are drilled in writing the names and values of the notes. Rests are included in Grade 2. Pupils learn to draw and label rests. Worksheets 10, 19, 30, and 34 are tests.

Thirty-six perforated worksheets in Beginning in Music Three prepare the pupils for Growing in Music, Book One (Grades 4 and 5). Note shapes, note values, and rests are reviewed. Various musical terms such as the scale, the staff, lines, spaces, and measures are taught in a simple manner. The last nine lessons introduce accidentals.

Can be used for grades 4 and 5.

Although Growing in Music assumes that the pupil can recognize characters such as notes, rests, and clef signatures, the six chapters cover the simplest elements of music and can be used for those who have had no previous instruction.

Such aspects as sound, tone properties, good singing habits, the various parts of the staff, the major diatonic scale, notes and rests, and rhythm are taught. There are questions at the end of each chapter for the student to answer.

Sight-reading exercises in the back ofthe book help the students to learn the scale and simple rhythm patterns. A sections of rounds and two-part songs is provided to help the students in harmonizing parts.

Developing in Music may be used for Grade 6 or 7, or a combination of grades. In this textbook with a durable, soft cover, each of the 6 chapters is divided into shorter lesson parts by subtitles. Each chapter ends with a set of study questions and a one-page account of a well-known hymn author.

In addition to reviewing and strengthening concepts taught in the lower levels, in Maturing in Music students will learn about characteristics of worthy hymn lyrics and church music, transposition of keys, reading round notes, the minor and pentatonic scales, notation of rhythm, dynamics, and song interpretation.

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