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LESSON TWELVE: STARTER STUDIES

Counting Study

Student NotesWelcome to lesson 12. This is another counting lesson. Let's call the 3 staff lines above, "The Counting Songs."

Counting can be fun. There are many methods used to teach counting. I was taught on the 1-e-and-a, 2-e-and-a method.

The lyrics below the notes represent the timing for the note above it. Any word can be used. I've chosen to use words that relate to what you see on the staff. However you could use:

  • dog, doggie, bone
  • cat, kitten, mew
  • bike, biker, run
  • milk, milking, cow
  • etc, etc.

Any combination of words can be used. Just match the syllables to the note rhythm.


Push "play" on the slider bar below. The slider bar combines all of the 3 staff lines above. A "clap" sound is used for representing the note rhythms. There is a 1 bar count off.

Listening to the slider bar, play the rhythms and let your eyes follow the notes on the staff. Do this for 3 times through. Next, listen to the slider bar and speak the lyrics (words) below each note in time along with the "clap" sounds. Do this for 3 times through.

As you can see, counting is easy when you use a word method like we have done in this exercise. On the next page I will give you more words to use with other notes.

12 Note Companion

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