Music Quest Curriculum


Chapter 1: The Musical Alphabet
Learn to match note names to piano keys, and play songs with adapted music notation.
1.1
Tapping Quarter Notes and Half Notes
Opening screen: The quarter note is 1 beat, or “tick”: [image of a quarter note].
Hold the half note for 2 beats (2 “ticks”): [image of a half note]
Rhythm Tapper: Time signature candidates: 4/4 Rhythm candidates: quarter, half, whole Rule: no leger lines except middle C Clef candidates: treble, bass Rests: no rests
1.2
Finding Notes on the Piano: Find C, D and E
Opening screen: [image of a keyboard with C, D and E highlighted and named.]
Rocket Launch with Letters not Notes:
Letter candidates: C, D, E
1.3
Finding Notes on the Piano: Let’s add F and G
Opening screen: [image of a keyboard with C, D, E, F and G named, and F and G highlighted]
Rocket Launch with Letters not Notes: Letter candidates: C, D, E, F, G
1.4
Finding Notes on the Piano: Let’s add A and B
Opening screen: [image of a keyboard with each note of the musical alphabet named]
Rocket Launch with Letters not Notes:
Letter candidates: A, B, C, D, E, F, G
Chapter 1 songs:
● Merrily We Roll Along p. 26
● C-D-E-etc. March (new title only) p.16
● Ode to Joy p.30 (broken)
● Allouette p.33

Chapter 2: Introduction to the Staff
Learn your way around the staff by recognizing “anchor” notes: middle C, treble G and bass F.
Chapter 4 in Faber Primer

2.1
Seeing Patterns
Opening screen: [image of a bass and treble clef, with a left and right hand below each one respectively] Don’t forget: bass clef is lower and treble clef is higher!
Line Them Up:
Note candidates: F3, G3, B3, C4, D4, E4, F4, G4, A4, B4, C4, D4, E4
Rules: no leger lines except middle C
Rhythm candidates: quarter, half or whole note
Clef candidates: bass, treble
2.2
Anchor Notes
Opening screen: Anchor Notes: [image of grand staff showing and naming F3, C4 and G4]
Do They Match:
Note candidates: F3, C4, G4
Rules: no leger lines except middle C
Rhythm candidates: quarter, half or whole note
Clef candidates: bass, treble
2.3
Advanced Anchor Notes
Opening screen: Remember:
F is the second line down from the top of the bass clef [image of F3 on the staff with an arrow pointing to the line]
G is the second line up from the bottom of the treble clef [image of G3 on the staff with an arrow pointing to the line]
And middle C is on the leger line below the treble clef or above the bass clef [images of C4 on both staves]
Slingshot:
Note candidates: F3, C4, G4
Rules: no leger lines except middle C
Rhythm candidates: quarter, half or whole note
Clef candidates: bass, treble
2.4
Finding Anchor Notes on the Piano
Opening screen: [image of each anchor note (not on the grand staff, unless we’re going to use the grand staff in the game content) labeled with letter names]
Rocket Launch:
Note candidates: F3, C4, G4
Rules: no leger lines except middle C
Rhythm candidates: quarter, half or whole
Clef candidates: bass, treble
Chapter 2 songs:
● Middle C March p.36
● A Ten-Second Song p.37
● Gorilla in the Tree p.4

Chapter 3: Learn to Read Treble D E F
Learn the notes between middle C and G on the treble clef.
Chapter 5 in Faber Primer

3.1
Recognizing Treble C D E F G on the Staff
Opening screen: [image of a treble staff with a piano keyboard underneath. The staff shows the notes C4-G4, with arrows/lines pointing to the corresponding keys, each labeled with the letter name.]
Slingshot
Note candidates: C4, D4, E4, F4, G4
Rules: no leger lines except middle C
Rhythm candidates: quarter, half or whole note
Clef candidates: bass, treble
3.2
Reading and Playing C D E F G
Opening screen: Same as above
Rocket Launch:
Note candidates: C4, D4, E4, F4, G4
Rules: no leger lines except middle C
Rhythm candidates: quarter, half or whole note
Clef candidates: bass, treble
Chapter 3 songs:
● March On D-E-F p.42
● Mister Bluebird p. 43
● The Dance Band p.44

Chapter 4: Learn to Read Bass B A G
Learn the notes between F and middle C on the bass clef.
Chapter 6 in Faber Primer

4.1
Recognizing Bass B A G on the Staff
Opening screen: [image of a bass staff with a piano keyboard underneath. The staff shows the notes F3-C4, with arrows/lines pointing to the corresponding keys, each labeled with the letter name.]
Do They Match:
Note candidates: F3, G3, A3, B3, C4
Rules: no leger lines except middle C
Rhythm candidates: quarter, half or whole note
Clef candidates: bass, treble
4.2
Reading and Playing Bass B A G
Opening screen: Same as above
Rocket Launch:
Note candidates: F3, G3, A3, B3, C4
Rules: no leger lines except middle C
Rhythm candidates: quarter, half or whole note
Clef candidates: bass, treble
Chapter 4 songs:
● Petite Minuet p.47
● Russian Folk Song p.49
● Come See the Parade p.50

Chapter 5: Steps and Skips
Learn to recognize and play patterns on the staff.
Chapter 7 in Faber Primer.

5.1
Recognizing Steps and Skips
Opening screen: A step moves from line to space, or space to line: [show 2 notes on a staff...let’s say E4 and F4 on the treble staff]
A skip moves from line to line, or space to space: [show E4 and G4 on the treble staff]
Modified Interval Identification - Reading:
Interval candidates: step, skip
Note candidates: F3, G3, A3, B3, C4, D4, E4, F4, G4
Rule: no leger lines except middle C
Key candidates: C major
Clef candidates: bass, treble
5.2
Playing Steps and Skips
Opening screen(s): A step:
[Show E4 and F4 on a treble staff, and below it show a keyboard with those notes highlighted]
A skip:
[Show E4 and G4 on a treble staff, and below it show a keyboard with those notes highlighted]
Modified Sight Reading [will not be included in initial Journey release]:
Interval candidates: -2nd, +2nd, -3rd, +3rd
Number of bars: 1
Rhythm candidates: quarter note
Rests: no
Time signature candidates: 2/4
Note candidates: F3, G3, A3, C4, D4, E4
Rule: no leger lines except middle C
Chapter 5 songs:
● Hey, Hey Look at Me p.52
● Allegro p.53
● Elephant Ride p.54
● Yankee Doodle (minus the intro) p.55

Chapter 6: Learn to Read Bass C D E F
Learn the notes down to C in the bass clef.
Chapter 8 in Faber Primer

6.1
Recognizing Bass C D E F on the Staff
Opening screen: [image of a bass staff with a piano keyboard underneath. The staff shows the notes C3, D3, E3, and F3 with arrows/lines pointing to the corresponding keys, each labeled with the letter name.]
Slingshot:
Note candidates: C3, D3, E3, F3, G3
Rules: no leger lines except middle C
Rhythm candidates: quarter, half or whole note
Clef candidates: bass, treble
6.2
Reading and Playing Bass C D E F on the Staff
Opening screen: Same as above.
Rocket Launch:
Note candidates: C3, D3, E3, F3, G3
Rules: no leger lines except middle C
Rhythm candidates: quarter, half or whole note
Clef candidates: bass, treble
Chapter 6 songs:
● Magic Rhyme for Bass D p.56
● Football Game p.58
● Octavius the Octopus p.59

Chapter 7: Learn to Read Time Signatures
Learn how we organize beats using 4/4 and ¾ time.
7.1
Counting the Beats in a Bar
Opening screens:
Screen 1: [Show a short excerpt of a song they’ve played, with arrow pointing to a barline] Barlines divide music into bars.
Screen 1: [Show 4/4 and ¾ time signatures, with arrows pointing to the top number of each - label reads “Number of beats in a bar”]
Count the Beats:
Time signature candidates: 4/4, 3/4
Rhythm candidates: quarter, half
Rule: no leger lines except middle C
Clef candidates: treble, bass
Rests: no rests
7.2
Tapping Dotted Half Notes and Whole Notes
Opening screen: Dotted half note: [image] Hold for 3 beats (“ticks”).
Whole note: [image] Hold for 4 beats (“ticks”).
Rhythm Tapper:
Time signature candidates: 4/4, 3/4
Rhythm candidates: quarter, half, whole, dotted half
Rule: no leger lines except middle C
Clef candidates: treble, bass
Rests: no rests
Number of bars: 2
Can easily substitute Sight Reading with a single note candidate (middle C).
Chapter 7 songs:
● Lemonade Stand p.64
● All My Friends p.66

Chapter 8: The Quarter Rest
Learn how to play rhythms with quarter rests.
Chapter 10 in Faber Primer

8.1
Recognizing Quarter Rests
Opening Screen: Quarter Rest: [show quarter rest] = silence for 1 beat.
[Audio button] Listen to the following rhythm:
Rhythm Match:
Time signature candidates: 4/4, 3/4
Rhythm candidates: quarter
Rests: yes
Syncopation: yes
8.2
Tapping Rhythms with Quarter Rests
Opening screen as above.
Beat Tapper:
Time signature candidates: 4/4, ¾
Rhythm candidates: quarter
Rests: yes
Syncopation: yes
Number of bars: 2
8.3
Playing Rhythms with Quarter Rests
Opening screen: Quarter Rest: [show quarter rest] = silence for 1 beat.
Be ready to play:
[show C4, D4, E4 on the treble staff]
[show F3, G3, A3 on the bass staff]
Sight Reading:
Time signature candidates: 4/4, ¾
Rhythm candidates: quarter
Rests: yes
Syncopation: yes
Number of bars: 2
Note candidates: F3, G3, A3, C4, D4, E4
Rules: no leger lines except middle C
Chapter 8 songs:
● Come On Tigers p.68
● Princess or Monster p.69

Chapter 9: The Spaces on the Treble Clef (F A C E)
Learn high C and E on the treble clef.
Chapter 12 in Faber curriculum

9.1
Playing the Space Notes on the Treble Clef
Opening screen: Did you know that the spaces of the treble clef spell FACE?
[Show F4, A4, C4, and E4 in the treble clef, with lines/arrows pointing to an image of the keyboard with FACE keys labeled.]
Sight Reading:
Time signature candidates: 2/4
Rhythm candidates: quarter
Rests: no
Number of bars: 1
Note candidates: F4, A4, C5, E5
Rules: no leger lines except middle C
Chapter 9 songs:
● Skipping in Space p.18
● Half-Time Show p.19
● The Lonely Pine (make sure our version also incorporates a similar shift) p.20
● Li’l Liza Jane

Chapter 10: Up to High G on the Treble Clef
Learn F and G at the top of the treble clef.
Chapter 13 in the Faber curriculum document.
10.1
Reading and Playing Up To High G in the Treble Clef
Opening Screen:
Rocket Launch:
Time signature candidates: 2/4
Rhythm candidates: quarter
Rests: no
Number of bars: 1
Note candidates: F4, A4, C5, E5
Rules: no leger lines except middle C
10.2
Reading and Playing 3-note Phrases in the Treble Clef
Modified Sight Reading
Note candidates: C3, D3, E3, F3, G3, A3, B3, C4, D4, E4, F4, G4, A4, B4, C5, D5, E5
Interval candidates: -2nd, +2nd, -3rd, +3rd
Key candidates: C major
Rules: no leger lines except middle C
Clef candidates: bass, treble
Time signature candidates: ¾
Rhythm candidates: quarter
Rests: no
Chapter 10 songs:
● C’s Rock p.22
● Mozart’s Five Names p.23
● Paper Airplane p.24
● The Juggler p.25

Chapter 11: Intervals
Learn to recognize intervals of a 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th.
Chapter 14 in the Faber curriculum document.

11.1
Naming Intervals
Interval Identification - Reading:
[Doesn’t care about the quality]
Note candidates: C3, D3, E3, F3, G3, A3, B3, C4, D4, E4, F4, G4, A4, B4, C5, D5, E5
Interval candidates: 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Key candidates: C major
Rules: no leger lines except middle C
Clef candidates: bass, treble
11.2
Playing Intervals
[will not be included in the next release]
Modified Sight Reading
Note candidates: C3, D3, E3, F3, G3, A3, B3, C4, D4, E4, F4, G4, A4, B4, C5, D5, E5, F5, G5
Interval candidates: -2nd, +2nd, -3rd, +3rd, P4th, P5th, 8ve
Key candidates: C major
Rules: no leger lines except middle C
Clef candidates: bass, treble
Rhythm candidates: quarter
Time signature candidates: 2/4
Rests: no
Chapter 11 songs:
● Traffic Jam 2nds p.26
● A Mixed-Up Song p.30
● Lightly Row

Chapter 12: Half Rests and Whole Rests
Learn how to play rhythms with half rests and whole rests.
Chapter 15 in the Faber curriculum document.

12.1
Counting Beats in the Bar
Count the Beats:
Time signature candidates: 4/4, 3/4
Rhythm candidates: quarter, half, dotted half, whole
Rests: yes
Syncopation: yes
12.2
Recognizing Rhythms with Half Rests and Whole Rests
Rhythm Match:
Time signature candidates: 4/4, 3/4
Rhythm candidates: quarter, half, dotted half, whole
Rests: yes
Syncopation: yes
12.3
Tapping Rhythms with Half Rests and Whole Rests
Rhythm Tapper:
Time signature candidates: 4/4, 3/4
Rhythm candidates: quarter, half, dotted half, whole
Rests: yes
Syncopation: yes
Chapter 12 songs:
● Forest Drums p.36
● Grumpy Old Troll p.39

Chapter 13: Sharps and Flats
Learn how to play notes with sharps and flats.
Chapter 16 in the Faber curriculum document.

13.1

Reading and Playing Notes with Sharps and Flats
Rocket Launcher
Note candidates: C#3, D3, E3, F#3, G3, A#3, B3, C4, D#4, E4, F4, G#4, A4, B4, C#5, D5, E5
Rules: no leger lines except middle C
Clef candidates: bass, treble
Chapter 13 songs:
● Russian Sailor Dance p.41
● Scarf Dance p.45
● Super Secret Agent p.42

Chapter 14: Tonic, Dominant and the C (I) Chord
Learn the special roles of the first and fifth notes of the scale.
Chapter 14 songs:
● Girl on a Bicycle p.47
● Boy on a Bicycle p.47
● My Pony p.50
● Row, Row, Row Your Boat p.51

Chapter 15: The V7 Chord
Learn about the V7 (five-seven) chord.
Identify the chord by ear
Identify the chord by sight
Identify the missing note in a V7 chord
Playing from a chord chart
Identify I and V7 chords in a score
Chapter 15 songs:
● Jazzy Joe p.53
● “London” Symphony p.52
● Shepherd’s Song p.54
Hearing 2nds, 3rds and 5ths
Interval Identification - Ear Training [doesn’t care about quality]:
Note candidates: C3, D3, E3, F3, G3, A3, B3, C4, D4, E4, F4, G4, A4, B4, C5, D5, E5
Interval candidates: +2, +3, P5
Key candidates: C major
Rules: no leger lines except middle C
Clef candidates: bass, treble

Chapter 16: The Three Gs on the Grand Staff
Learn about tonic and dominant in G.
● Play 5-finger scales in C and G
● Identify the tonic and dominant in C and G
● Identify I and V7 chords in C and G
Chapter 16 songs:
● Bongo Drummers
● Warm-up in G p.57
● The Dreydl Song
● The Bubble p.60
Finding the tonic or dominant on the piano
New game: The student is given a key and either “tonic” or “dominant,” and they have to play it on the piano.
Key candidates: C (major), G (major)
Scale degree candidates: tonic, dominant
Rhythm Tapper:
Time signature candidates: 4/4, 3/4
Rhythm candidates: quarter, half, dotted half, whole
Rests: yes

Chapter 17: Eighth Notes
Learn how to play speedy eighth notes.
Counting Beats in the Bar
Count the Beats:
Time signature candidates: 4/4, 3/4
Rhythm candidates: eighth, quarter, half, dotted half, whole
Rests: no
Completing the Bar
Complete the Bar:
Time signature candidates: 4/4, 3/4
Rhythm candidates: eighth, quarter, half, dotted half, whole
Rests: yes
Recognizing Rhythms with Eighth Notes
Rhythm Match:
Time signature candidates: 4/4, 3/4
Rhythm candidates: eighth, quarter, half, dotted half, whole
Rests: no
Tapping Rhythms with Eighth Notes
Rhythm Tapper:
Time signature candidates: 4/4, 3/4
Rhythm candidates: eighth, quarter, half, dotted half, whole
Rests: no

Chapter 17 songs:
● Famous People p.11
● Skip to My Lou p.12
● A Minuet for Bach’s Children p.14
● Mr. Brahms’ Favorite Lullaby p.16

Chapter 18: Transposition
● Recognize whether a short phrase in C has been faithfully transposed to G, or vise versa (the phrase should be within the range of the 5-finger scale)
● Read an interval that starts on C, and play it in G (or vise versa). Interval should be within the 5-finger scale (only +2, +3, P4 or P5 allowed).
● As above, but with a short phrase.
Chapter 18 songs:
● Mr. Haydn’s Theme p.19
● My Daydream p.20
● The Elf’s Silver Hammer p.23

Chapter 19: The Phrase
Skill ; Draw plausible phrase marks in a piece of music.
Chapter 19 songs:
● Ode to Joy p.24
● I Am the King p.26
● Moonlight Melody p.27

Chapter 20: Half Steps and Whole Steps
Understanding how to find half steps and whole steps on the piano.
Identifying Half Steps and Whole Steps
Interval Identification - Reading:
[Modification: Students must choose either “Half Step” or “Whole Step” rather than “minor second” or “major second”]
Note candidates: C3, D3, E3, F3, G3, A3, B3, C4, D4, E4, F4, G4, A4, B4, C5, D5, E5
Interval candidates: half step, whole step
Key candidates: C major
Rules: no leger lines except middle C
Clef candidates: bass, treble
Hearing Half Steps and Whole Steps
Interval Identification - Ear Training:
Note candidates: C3, D3, E3, F3, G3, A3, B3, C4, D4, E4, F4, G4, A4, B4, C5, D5, E5
Interval candidates: half step, whole step
Key candidates: C major
Rules: no leger lines except middle C
Clef candidates: bass, treble
Chapter 20 songs:
● The Puppet Show p.28
● Kitch-iti-kipi p.29
● Storms on Saturn p.32

Chapter 21: The D 5-Finger Scale
Learn the pattern for 5-finger scales. You already know C and G - now lean the D 5-finger scale!
Mark the whole steps and half steps in a 5-finger scale in C, G and D
Play each of these 5-finger scales with either right or left hands
Sight-transpose intervals starting on G or C to starting on D. Intervals should be either +2, +3, P4 or P5.
Finding the tonic, dominant or leading note on the piano
New game: The student is given a key and either “tonic” or “dominant,” and they have to play it on the piano. Example prompt: “Play the dominant of G.”
Key candidates: C (major), G (major), D (major)
Scale degree candidates: tonic, dominant, leading note
Chapter 21 songs:
● This R.H. Old Man p.36
● This L.H. Old Man p.36
● Spring p.37
● The Queen’s Royal Entrance p.40

Chapter 22: The A 5-Finger Scale
Learn to play songs in A.
Play the A five-finger scale with right or left hand.
Sight-transpose intervals starting on G or C or D to starting on A. Intervals should be either +2, +3, P4 or P5.
22.1 New game
Finding the tonic, dominant or leading note on the piano
New game: The student is given a key and either “tonic” or “dominant,” and they have to play it on the piano.
Key candidates: C (major), G (major), D (major), A (major)
Scale degree candidates: tonic, dominant
Chapter 22 songs:
● Peter Pan’s Flight p.43
● Aardvark Boogie p.44
● Whirling Leaves p.46

Chapter 23: Minor 5-Finger Scale
You know how to play C major, G major, D major and A major 5-finger scales. Now learn how to change them into sad minor scales!
Convert C, G, D and A major 5-finger scales to their parallel minors (C major to C minor, G major to G minor, etc.)
Sight-transpose short phrases from C, D, D and A major into their parallel minors. Phrases must start on the tonic and stay within the range of the 5-finger scale.
Chapter 23 songs:
● Changing Moods p.48
● Sword Dance p.50
● In an Old Castle p.53

Chapter 24: The Family of C’s
Learn the C’s two leger lines above and below the staff.
Chapter 24 songs:
● Moon Walker (change title) p.6
● Captain Hook’s Rockin’ Party p.7
● Almost Like a Dream p.8
● Sounds from the Gumdrop Factory p.9

Chapter 25: Arpeggios
Practice arpeggios (ar-PE-ji-os) in different keys.
Play cross-hand arpeggios for C major and minor, D major and minor, E major and minor, F major and minor
Chapter 25 songs:
● Cross-Hand Arpeggios p.10
● Spanish Caballero

Chapter 26: Sixth
Learn how to recognize and play a sixth (6th).
Playing Intervals
Modified Sight Reading
Note candidates: C3, D3, E3, F3, G3, A3, B3, C4, D4, E4, F4, G4, A4, B4, C5, D5, E5, F5, G5
Interval candidates: -2nd, +2nd, -3rd, +3rd, P4th, P5th, +6th, -6th, 8ve
Key candidates: C major
Rules: no leger lines except middle C
Clef candidates: bass, treble
Rhythm candidates: quarter
Time signature candidates: 2/4
Rests: no
Hearing 3rds, 5ths and 6ths
Interval Identification - Ear Training [doesn’t care about quality]:

Note candidates: C3, D3, E3, F3, G3, A3, B3, C4, D4, E4, F4, G4, A4, B4, C5, D5, E5
Interval candidates: +3, P5, +6
Key candidates: C major
Rules: no leger lines except middle C
Clef candidates: bass, treble
Chapter 26 songs:
● Sixth Hour p.14
● The Great Clock p.16
● Shave and a Haircut p.18

Chapter 27: The C Major Scale
Learn the full C major scale, and how to play it by crossing your thumb under your hand.
● Identify tonic, dominant and leading notes of a scale.
● Play a one-octave C major scale up and down, hands separately or in contrary motion.
● Play 3-note V7 chords with the leading note that resolves to I (see Faber 2B p.24).
● Play 3-note chord sequences from chord symbols
Chapter 27 songs:
● Travelling Thumb in C (change name) p.20
● One Hand - 8 Fingers in C (change name) p.21
● Down by the Bay p.24
● The Ice Skaters p.26

Chapter 28: The G Major Scale
Learn the full G major scale.
Finding the tonic, dominant or leading note on the piano
New game: The student is given a key and either “tonic” or “dominant,” and they have to play it on the piano.
Key candidates: C (major), G (major), D (major), A (major)
Scale degree candidates: tonic, dominant, leading note
Chapter 28 songs:
● Traveling Thumb in G (change name) p.28
● One Hand - 8 Fingers in G p.29
● Vive la France p.30
● Boom Boom p.33

Chapter 29: The Eighth Rest
Learn how to play rhythms with eighth rests.
Counting Beats in the Bar
Count the Beats:
Time signature candidates: 4/4, 3/4
Rhythm candidates: eighth, quarter, half, dotted half, whole
Rests: no
Syncopation: yes
Recognizing Rhythms with Eighth Rests
Rhythm Match:
Time signature candidates: 4/4, 3/4
Rhythm candidates: eighth, quarter, half, dotted half, whole
Rests: no
Syncopation: yes
Tapping Rhythms with Eighth Rests
Rhythm Tapper:
Time signature candidates: 4/4, 3/4
Rhythm candidates: eighth, quarter, half, dotted half, whole
Rests: no
Syncopation: yes

Chapter 30: The Dotted Quarter Note
Learn how to play rhythms with dotted quarter notes.
Counting Beats in the Bar
Count the Beats:
Time signature candidates: 4/4, 3/4
Rhythm candidates: eighth, quarter, dotted quarter, half, dotted half, whole
Rests: no
Syncopation: yes
Recognizing Rhythms with Dotted Quarter Rests
Rhythm Match:
Time signature candidates: 4/4, 3/4
Rhythm candidates: eighth, quarter, dotted quarter, half, dotted half, whole
Rests: no
Syncopation: yes
Tapping Rhythms with Eighth Dotted Quarter Rests
Rhythm Tapper:
Time signature candidates: 4/4, 3/4
Rhythm candidates: eighth, quarter, dotted quarter, half, dotted half, whole
Rests: no
Syncopation: yes

Chapter 31: The Primary Chords
You already know the I (one) chord and the V7 (five-seven) chord. Add the IV (four) chord and you have the primary chords!
● Identify I, IV and V7 chords in C, G, A, and D
● Play 3-note chord sequences using the chord symbols

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