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Figurenotes: New Resources for Friday Afternoons

1 February 2017

We are delighted to release brand new resources for the Friday Afternoons project: Figurenotes.

Figurenotes is a form of notation that uses colour and shape to show pitch and rhythm. First created in Finland at the Resonaari Music School, Figurenotes has been further developed by Drake Music Scotland and is now used world-wide.

Thanks to a new partnership between Snape Maltings and Drake Music Scotland, Figurenotes scores are now available for five of Jonathan Dove’s Friday Afternoons songs: The Little Girl of Rain, Fast Car, Mad Moon, This is the Bird, and Snow. You can download these songs in two Figurenotes stages, allowing your students to progress to reading standard notation.

The resources make reading music more intuitive, particularly when it comes to rhythm. Figurenotes is ideal for class teachers who want to get their whole class singing and playing together, whilst letting students progress through their reading at their own pace. The system is truly inclusive, so those with ASN/SEND can access the same resources as the rest of the class, removing those barriers that can exclude some pupils. Get your whole class started on Figurenotes and let each pupil move onto the next stage when they are ready.

The new resources are now available for each of the songs in the Song Bank, alongside a helpful sheet to introduce you to the system. Have a look at the resources and let us know what you think!

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