Pitch Hill Beginnings

by | Pitch Hill

Picture of colorful stick figures with the text "Pitch Hill: Teach Solfege Through Storytelling!"

I wrote Pitch Hill my second year of teaching many, many years go!  I was attending a professional development conference and was doodling on the handouts they gave us. Part of the conference was on the power of literature in the music classroom – the power of a story. Teaching solfege was a struggle as I could barely sing it myself.  I started imagining each note as a character and the idea of Pitch Hill was born.  I wrote down a story for Sol and Mi (the characters we were working on at the time) and mapped out the rest!

I started in a trailer without any real technology other than an old CD player and a chalkboard!  I didn’t even have a whiteboard!  I was still able to teach Pitch Hill after getting a set of colored chalk.  After a few weeks I made some crude magnets by using some shapes in Microsoft Word.  Here is a picture of some of the original characters.

Picture of red and yellow stick figures

The colors were all very different as I chose the colors based on what color chalk I could find at the time. I eventually changed the colors to match the rainbow and other color-based music items.  The acquisition of more technology in my room has made it easier to create materials to supplement the story but the basic method hasn’t changed all that much from those days in the trailer!

Musically,

Shelley

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I'm busy mom of three and music educator in Atlanta, GA. My passion is helping busy music teachers deliver time saving, engaging lessons so you have more time to enjoy your life! Click my photo to learn more! Teach music. Love life.

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