Overview – tp

Overview of the learning sequence contained in the My Mini Music Books.

Books 1 to 6 are summarized in the following table. See below for an overview of Book 7.

Book 4 is available in “Recorder” and “Non-recorder” formats.

Book 5 is available in “Recorder/Keyboard” and “Keyboard only” formats.

Please note that the concepts listed in regard to Books 4 and 5 in the following table are common to both the recorder and non-recorder versions of each book.

Book 1 Book 2 Book 3 Book 4 Book 5 Book 6
Duration Beat and no beat

Fast and slow



“Za” (rest)
“Too” (ta-a)(plus rhythms learned in book 1)
2/4, 3/4 and 4/4 time signatures

“Three” (dotted minim)

“Four” (semibreve)


(plus rhythms learned in books 1 & 2)



(plus rhythms learned in books 1-3)

6/8 time
“tetete”, “ta-te”, “tam”, “zam”, “tika-tika-tika” in 6/8(plus rhythms learned in books 1-4)


(all in simple time)

(plus rhythms learned in books 1-5.)

 Pitch Phrase contour

High and low

Solfa: So and mi

Solfa: la (plus solfa learned in book 1)

Introduction to staff notation

Solfa: do pentatonic (do, re, mi, so, la)

Treble clef letter names: E, G, A, B, C, D

Intervals: Steps (2nds), Leaps (3rds)

Solfa: High do (in addition to do, re, mi, so, la)

Letter names: low D, E, G, A, B, C, D

Solfa: low la, low so (to make extended do pentatonic)

Letter names: low C, F, F#, Bb (plus letter names learned in book 4).

Solfa: la pentatonic; fa & ti to make Major scale

Letter names: low C, low D, E, F, F#, G, A, Bb, B, C, D

Bass clef: Simple bass lines

 Dynamics & Expression Soft and loud Dynamics: p and f Smooth and detached

Dynamics: pp, ff, crescendo and decrescendo

Staccato, legato, accent
 Structure Same and different phrases Question and Answer phrases


Binary and Ternary

Repeat signs



 Texture Thick and thin Rhythmic and melodic canons Partner songs 3 part rhythmic and melodic canons 4 part melodic canons
 Timbre Classroom percussion Widely contrasting melody instruments Percussion instruments

String instruments

Woodwind instruments Keyboard instruments

Brass instruments

Voice types

Orchestral instruments from various historial contexts

Folksongs from various cultural contexts

 Art Music The Four Seasons by Vivaldi

Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saens

Surprise Symphony by Haydn

Variations on Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star by Mozart

Russian Dance and Dance of the Reed Flutes from The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky

Peter and the Wolf by Prokofiev

Little Train of the Caipira by Villa-Lobos

Morning and In the Hall of the Mountain King by Grieg

Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky

Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Dukas

Rhapsody in Blue by Gershwin

The Planets by Holst

Fireworks Music by Handel

Radetzky March by Strauss

Olympic Fanfare and Theme by Williams

The Moldau by Smetana

Troika by Prokofiev

Toccata & Fugue in D minor by Bach

Minuet in G by Bach

Rondo alla Turca by Mozart

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky

Mother Goose Suite by Ravel

The Entertainer by Joplin

Toccata from Orpheus by Monteverdi

Rondeau from Abdelazer by Purcell

Horn Concerto No. 4 (3rd movement) by Mozart

Symphony No. 5 (1st movement) by Beethoven

Hungarian Dances No. 5 & 18 by Brahms

Ride of the Valkyries by Wagner

Viennese Musical Clock by Kodaly

The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra by Britten


Book 7 is structured in a different way from books 1 to 6. Book 7 does not introduce any new rhythm or pitch elements, but rather leads students through a wide ranging overview of popular music of the 20th century. Each music style is represented with a specially chosen song and questions to focus students’ listening. The styles of music covered in Book 7 are:

Ragtime, Dixieland Jazz, Chicago Jazz, Swing, Bebop, Cool Jazz, Rock ‘n’ Roll, 1960’s Rock, Soul, Motown, Funk, Surf Music, Reggae, Disco, 1970’s Pop, Glam Rock, Heavy Metal, Progressive Rock, 1980’s Pop, Glam Metal, Grunge, Country Music, 1990’s Pop, Rap & Hiphop, 2000’s Rock, Alternative Rock, and 2000’s Pop.

Each song is available on Youtube. The links to these songs can be found in the Teacher Lesson and Assessment Planner.

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