Take a moment to familiarize yourself with the three key features highlighted below. After that, load Noah – an engaging app designed for pre-readers using animal characters instead of piano keys! Enjoy creating and playing your first compositions together. Happy composing!
Since Noah is a web-based application, there’s no need to explicitly close it like you would with a traditional software program. To navigate away from the app or return to the previous screen, simply press your browser’s back button.
NOAH is designed as a seven-key piano keyboard, making it perfect for young children who are still in the pre-reading stage. To play the “piano”, simply touch the bigger animals located towards the lower third of the app.
How to compose a new lesson
Step 1: Every time you touch the octopus button, a new composition / lesson will be created.
How to listen to a composition
Step 2: Touch the turtle or rabbit button to listen and “watch” as the lesson plays. The only difference between the turtle and rabbit button is the playback speed.
How to play a composition
Step 3: Play the large animal (piano keys) according to how the “notes” (mini animals) are arranged.
In NOAH, there are seven animals representing the musical notes A, B, C, D, E, F, and G. These animals have been specifically chosen for their distinctiveness and ease of recognition by young children. They are:
- Bird – B note
- Camel – C note
- Dolphin – D note
- Elephant – E note
- Fish – F note
- Giraffe – G note
- Alligator – A note
Important! Never refer to the alligator as crocodile because we need to establish a reference for the A note.
Remember that NOAH is designed to simplify music education for pre-readers by using visuals instead of traditional musical notation. So while familiarizing yourself with these animal names can be helpful, the primary focus should be on understanding and enjoying the musical concepts presented within the app.
Children are sponges when it comes to learning. Ideally, you should keep a learning session to around 15 – 20 minutes per day.
Typically, children should use these NOAH for a period of two to four weeks before moving on to the pre Piano Keyboard app (CCCM). Remember that consistency and enjoyment are key factors in fostering musical development in young learners.
Teaching NOAH effectively involves a combination of patience, praise, and creativity. Here are some key strategies to keep in mind:
Allow your child time to explore and understand the concepts presented in the app at their own pace. Avoid rushing through lessons as this can lead to confusion or frustration.
Encourage your child’s efforts and progress by offering positive reinforcement. This will help boost their confidence and motivation to continue learning.
- Asking questions instead of seeking answers
Engaging your child in discussions about the app content helps stimulate critical thinking skills and deepens their understanding of musical concepts.
- Letting them teach you
Encourage your child to explain what they’ve learned or discovered within the app. This not only reinforces their knowledge but also fosters a sense of pride in their abilities.
- Exploring animal characteristics
Have fun discussing which animals can swim, walk on land, or fly. These conversations will help reinforce the association between each animal and its corresponding musical note while making learning more enjoyable.
- Taking breaks
Don’t forget to take short breaks during practice sessions to prevent burnout and maintain your child’s interest in learning.
By following these strategies, you can create a positive and effective learning environment that fosters your child’s musical development using NOAH and other Little Composers apps.
Further insights into teaching NOAH can be found in our comprehensive blog article.