Solfege videos and transcripts

Solfege was the topic of investigation for Maria (Grade 5 girl).

Prior knowledge video

I'm doing solfege, and I know nothing about it, umm, except it's a musical, umm, thingy and I think it includes the do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti, do.


Completed explanatory animation

The chromatic scale has every note which is all 12 notes.  Each note is the same distance apart just like the windows on this plane. 

Imagine that these windows are musical notes in the chromatic scale.

A semitone is from one note to the next.  A whole tone is two semitones.

The major scale has only 8 notes.

It has the combination of whole tone, whole tone, semitone, whole tone, whole tone, whole tone, semitone.

This grid shows the letter names of all 12 notes in all 12 keys.

As this plane flies up and down you can see which notes belong to the scale.

Many of the major scales seem complicated because of the sharps involved and yet they all sound the same.

Solfege makes this easier by using the sounds "Do re mi fa sol la ti do" in any key.  

Director's commentary

When I started my animation I had no idea what I was doing, like how I was going to get there or anything.

Brendan helped me a lot with that so that was good.

When I did the windows on the plane it made a lot more sense.  So yeah, I just thought they were really clever.

With the grid it made me understand a lot more ‘cause I didn’t realise there was alphabetical [order] at all.  So I learnt a lot during…um, making that grid.

The plane idea was really…great and how we linked to it with all the different notes and the do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti, do because of the plane flying up and down.

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