One of my favorite music teaching tools is melodic contouring. This is basically a line depicting the sequence of pitches in a melody. You can figure out the basic shape by playing dot-to-dot with the notes. So, for example, "Jingle Bells" would look something like this:
When working with melodic contouring in one of my activities, I find that it can be helpful to exaggerate the movement of the notes (I'll include activity sheets at the end of the post). So again, "Jingle Bells" ends up looking something like this:
How can you use melodic contouring? Here are a few ideas:
I like teaching with melodic contouring because it's fun, versatile and takes little to no preparation. You can print out these activity sheets, or simple draw a line on a white board (also included in the printable are some large versions of the Bunny-carrot, Letter-mailbox, Bee-flower etc. illustrations that you could use on the white board if you want). Easy peasy! Hope you enjoy!