Digital Music Grammar

    In pedagogical practice at the second stage of music education the considerable majority of pupils inevitably spends a lot of time and efforts to master by professional skills of playing music instrument and to perfect different methods of practical activity with music information. While integrating the adopted music information from sheet a pupil is confronted with great difficulties in perception of study material, its synthesis and realization on an instrument. Great study load is the cause of appearing negative emotions, lowers child’s interest to the music subject, in result of that, the quality of knowledge is worsen,the speed and efficiency of music teaching are restricted. It is necessary to find more effective ways and methods on teaching of children, to pay special attention not only to a certain kind of activity, but also to the nature of formation of each skill separately.

   The pedagogic task at given stage of teaching consists in that to give the intensive development to the natural gift of a child, rationally to realize his potential music possibilities in special psychosomatic action as a result. Speaking about the main task in this direction it is necessary to emphasize application of sequential alteration of kind of mental activity of pupils. In this connection, and with the aim to distribute the appearing sum study load in child’s mental sphere on separate its components in according to their dynamic and kinetic characteristic features, the new technology of music teaching “ Algorithm of Microcycles “ has been developed.The way of perception of music information through the brief episodic cycles is put in the base of this technology. Given methods allows a child to enter into practical lesson actively, to limit fatigue in time, to master professional skills dynamically and, as a result, to eliminate the negative attitude to study process.

    Physiological Base

   The insistent necessity of alteration of pupil’s attention is dictated by peculiarities of physiology of the higher nervous activity, namely that, if with appearing of more-less long-term existing in the central nervous system of the nidus of stagnant excitation ( on extra monotonous mental activity ),naturally, sings of fatigue of the nerve cells-neurons are increased in the range of this nidus and work capacity of these neurons is decreased in the view of lengthening period of remembering and reproducing of any information. If at the first symptoms of fatigue and reducing of the pupils’ attention, sequentially to alter their attention to other kind of work, the stagnant excitation gradually subsides, as other nervous centre of brain is excited already.

   Method “ Algorithm of Microcycles “consists of five short episodic elements. Kind of activity in each algorithm is solitary and distinctive from the next ones in character of this activity, thus applying step ( cyclic ) alteration of pupil’s attention, the capability of the nervous centres to improve their physiological lability is increased and,as a result, motion of the following excitable reactions is alleviated. The main source of enhancement of pupils’ work capacity is sequential transfer of attention, the rational distribution of the sum study load on its separate components, the relaxation of the brain’s strained nervous centres. Concluding above - said from the standpoint of physiology the methods of algorithm is undoubtedly useful, it is positively reflected in psycho-emotional status and the teaching of children is accelerated.

    Practical Base

    In order to study physiological influence of methods “ Algorithm of Microcycles “ to the pupil’s psycho-emotional status the practical researches have been conducted.The obtained results have shown a high level of knowledge in the experimental group compared with control group. The performance capability of the control group of children taught on system adopted music grammar is characterized by low activity of analytical thinking, quick mental fatigue, instability of attention.The experimental group of children taught on digital system “Algorithm of Microcycles “ has firmly mastered the practical skills of play an instrument, and the study process passed on the positive psycho-emotional base. Comparative data of these researches confirm practical value and effectiveness of study technology.

    The recommended technology of music teaching is directed on the balanced and rational distribution of the sum study load to psycho-emotional sphere of a child, proposes the physiologic mechanism of alteration of the kind of activity in order to eliminate fatigue of the brain’s nervous centres, to increase performance capability, to active the mental work. Integration of music information through the methods of algorithm foresees the program organization of educational process, permits systemic to manage by sum study effect. Applying of recommended technology in system of music education allows quickly and firmly to master by practical skills, dynamically to develop the child’s natural music potentiality.

    Description in Details

    A. Pupil is confronted with the task : to learn a melody by heart.This kind of activity can be realized by means of analysis method i.e. to describe mentally the melody and its fragments in his notion. In this kind of activity allow the pupil actively to enter into the process of analysis of the music structure, to pay attention to durations of sounds.Using the mode of perception of the music information mentally,the pupil acquires skill of analytical perception of music sounds, develops ability to form inner – hearing notion about content and construction of the melody as a whole. Relaxation – 5 seconds.

    B. Pupil is confronted with the task : to reproduce learned melody with help of an instrument. This kind of activity can be realized by means of analogy method i.e. to compare the learned melody with its demanded sounding on an instrument ( Karpenko L.A.1990). In this kind of activity allow the pupil to pay attention to expressive performance of melody and its dynamics of sounding. Using the mode of realization of music information, pupil acquires skill of expression of a sound on an instrument, develops the ability to identify the sound. Relaxation – 10 seconds.

    C. Pupil is confronted with the task: to pick up an accompaniment to learned melody.This kind of activity can be realized by means of matrix method i.e. to integrate chords through mathematical symbols.In this kind of activity allow the pupil to pay attention to the determinant of matrix, to model meter-rhythmic pattern of ready-made chords of accompaniment. Using the mode of selection of chords to a melody, the pupil acquires skill to accompany to the melody, develops ability to identify the harmony of assonances.Relaxation -15 seconds.

    D. Pupil is confronted with the task: to consolidate learned material,to introduce additional technical corrections.This kind of activity can be realized by means of method of differential proof i.e. artificially to divide the complex text up to small fragments,which are perfected separately and then are integrated into a single whole.In this kind of activity allow the pupil to pay attention to technical details of base material.Using the mode of differential proof of structural fragments,the pupil acquires technical skill of coordinated action, develops ability to feel the smallest intervals of time leading to the exact reaction and lability of thinking. Relaxation – 20 seconds.

    E. Pupil is confronted with the task: to review mentally all texture of A,B,C,D, – elements. This kind of activity can be realized by means of method of ideomotor analysis i.e. sequentially to transfer attention to integrated elements of base material( KarpenkoL.A. 1990). In this kind of activity allow the pupil to pay attention to the derived fragments of base material. Using the mode of ideomotor integration of base material, the pupil creates the standard in his notion, forms the program orientation to successful performance of a motif, a melody, a composition in general.

    Neurophysiologic Aspect

    The developed technology of intensive music teaching on methods of ”Algorithm of Microcycles “ is valuable for studying of influence of recommended technology to the child’s psycho - emotional status, and further, is a scientific base for studying of psychosomatic functions i.e. the functional interrelations between visual and acoustic analyzers, between acoustic,visual analyzers and neuro-motor function of the right hand, between visual,acoustic analyzers and neuro-motor function of both hands. In this connection the experimental scientific researches are to be performed,namely : EMG,EEG-tests, for studying of distribution of appearing functional load on the child’s psychic sphere in process of practical study on two different methods.

    Dynamics of movements and actions is characterized by time, high-speed, spatially-time, power and other parameters.Given parameters reflect the complex neurophysiologic processes passing in leading functional systems of the child’s organism ( central nervous system, muscular system, and others ) also explain, from a scientific point of view, the interrelations of neuromuscular coordination in their kinetic and dynamic data, the appearing threshold potential of synapse fatigue, interrelations between the frequency and intensity of nervous impulses ( Berezov T.T.,Korovkin B.F.1990 ).

    Fatigue of synapse is explained by extra continuous excitation in result of which a considerable quantity of neurotransmitter is allocated, naturally, this leads to untimely synthesis and, as a result of this reaction, the progressive increasing amplitude of postsynaptic potential of action is formed.Partial delay of synaptic transmission violates the functional activity between muscle tension and the resulting action of manual techniques, therefore the child’s acoustic analyzers perceive consecutive or separated codes of deformed music information in time, rhythm and sound expression, of course, this violates the coordination of music-acoustic interrelations, leads to the defect of metro-rhythmic functions, keeps up the development of child’s natural music potentiality ( Green N.P.O., Stout G.W., Taylor D.J.1990 ).Applying the technology of A,B,C,D,E - algorithm, the child rationally distributes the total study load on leading functional systems his organism, creates highly - accurate coordination without inclusion in practical activity of unnecessary muscle groups, unnecessary movements, excessive effort by pressing a key, and it means, he excludes possibility of appearing of false acoustic and muscular sensations, and as a result of it, instantly creates a firm neuron linkage which in our life we call as a skill of coordinated action. Realization of the described scientific investigations in this direction will allow us to approach closer to understanding of more subtle mechanisms of child’s mental activity and to detect physiological factors that promote to improvement of quality, speed and efficiency of music education.

    Methods Recommendations

    Distinctive feature of developed technology consists in process of integration of music information through the brief, episodic microcycles.Methods of algorithm has great practical value and efficiency at the second stage of music education, namely, in the period when digital or initial music grammar are studied by children well and worked in practice. The main positive moment of given technology is that it can be applied both in an adopted music and in digital formats of teaching. The elaborated study model consists of five structural elements : A - study of a melody by heart,B - reflection on an instrument, C - selection of accompaniment,D - consolidation of base material, E - ideomotor analysis ( Milich B.E.1977 ). The order and sequence of cycles a teacher can apply into practical lesson both separately, when he is interested in perfection of special skill of the pupil, and in their logarithmic sequence, when common stereotype is formed.


   The structure of A,B,C,D, E – algorithm is learned by pupil gradually, it provides an opportunity firmly to master skills of playing a music instrument and freely to use them in practice.At the following steps of music teaching the cycles of the methods are realized in the time interval striving to a minimum. Stage-by-stage music education promotes to the stabile growth of pupil’s manual techniques, development of analytical thinking,forms inner-hear perception of music information.

    At the given stage of music teaching a child stabilizes the metro-rhythmic functions comparing sounds of short and long durations.Therefore it is logical to exclude difficult durations as the sixteenth and the eighth.Accepting the quarter note as the basic unit of measure, it is easy to explain half and whole durations using a way of addition. Such stability of durations in simple form of division is easily perceived by children and promotes to preserving of an even rhythm. For the natural time organization of metro-rhythm and expressive sounding of a melody it is required to change only tempo of the play, but the recording of tune is to be executed by means of relative durations( Sposobin I.V.1958 ).While acquainting with difficult durations, when pupil’s manual techniques allows to use them, the melody written in quarters and halves should be performed in fast tempo – Allegro, Presto ( ! = 180-208 ) naturally, we obtain the complicated type of durations. The bill, as a means of organization of metro-rhythmic functions,it is necessary to use in its active form : “ don –don “, “ tick – tick “,“tuk – tuk “, and so on.Such way allows the child to graduate precisely a longitude of one vowel sound in relation to one share of the beat.

    Selection of an accompaniment to a base melody is a very difficult and complex process. At the given stage of teaching we can see immature neuro-motor functions of the left hand,the poor development of music - acoustic interrelations.Methods and ways of selection of the accompaniment are applied by the teacher according to his personal experience,and also with the account of the physiologic data of pupil ( music-acoustic features, his neuromotor functions, age factor).There are several techniques and ways of selection of accompaniment : harmonic, melodic, analogy, imitation, mathematical, verbal and others.In contrast, the mathematical one is the most accurate and efficient method.Chord of accompaniment is made in accordance with the matrix law, determinant of which is the cipher value of the chord elements(Shtaingardt D.A. 1978).In order to save more time and to speed up this kind of activity, the pupil should memorize the chords not separate music notes, and in symbols,having a clear idea about metro - rhythmic pattern of ready-made chords.The digital techniques of selection of accompaniment to the base melody releases from grate volume of labour-consuming, tiresome work and radically simplifies this activity. At performance of homework the pupil can independently operate with chords written in a digital format.

    Successful performance of a music composition, as well as, the dynamic development of pupil’s manual technique depend on a choice of optimal variant of fingerings. Rational fingerings is used in accordance with the teacher’s personal experience,and also with account of the child’s individual peculiarities ( age factor, motor functions, the long of fingers ).It is not necessary to write out the fingerings in all play in details,the most rational is fragment marking of fingerings in technically difficult and key places of the text.In the methods of microcycles it is necessary to use the letter fingerings :“ t “-thumb,“ i “-index, “ m “- medium,“ r “-nameless, ” l “- little finger.

    Relaxation after each microcycle is the main condition for the successful mastering by practical skills of playing a music instrument.Time of pauses in longitude of 5-10-15-20 – seconds between cycles is rather conditional. At the earliest stages of music teaching the intermediate pauses are used after each microcycle and their time-limit is possible till 2 – 3 minutes. Non the less, at later stages of music teaching when the pupil has mastered by practical skills and has perfected various ways of technical activity, the intermediate interval of pauses is reduced and definitely strived to minimum, it is natural, that the time of pauses between the microcycles is shorten to seconds only.The purpose of the methods of microcycles is designed thus to help children to master the practical skills of integration of the music material through brief, episodic cycles, timely to use relaxation of the brain’s strained nervous centres, sequentially to alternate attention to the following kind of activity.

    For creative and techniques of the pupil’s growth it is necessary to adhere to certain sequence in teaching methods and the selection of the study material for the scheme “ from simple to complex “. Melody is the main expressive mean of the music.With the help of melody a child learns to express sounds in time and form, in content and character.The sounds of melody should be located close to each other, large intervals are difficult to children. Music examples are composed of highly dynamic and carefully selected material. Repertory material is based on a combination of various technical tasks and ways of performance of actions in their practical unity.It is desirable to include the most interesting folk songs, dances which are based on movements and speech, have a bright expressed melody and stable metro-rhythmic fundament.


    “ Reflection “ – digital-music technology on teaching of children by methods of ”Algorithm of Microcycles “ is joined to a number of related disciplines : physiology, neurophysiology, psychology, pedagogic,it requires support and realization of neurophysiologic investigations devoted to studying of the influence of given technology on the state of leading functional systems of the child’s organism.

    Statistics and practice show that the period of learning by standard music grammar is delayed for several years. Already at the early stage of learning at Children’s Music School, within of two – three months, up to thirty percent of children lose their interest to music subject and leave study.This phenomenon is explained by the study overload arising at the first contact of the child to difficult format of adopted note coding and decoding of music information.The developed stage - by - stage technology of teaching on digital format eliminates the negative statistics,solves a number of pedagogical and practical problems arising in the course of music education.

    At the third stage of learning, while transition to the forms traditional music letter, the breakage of the formed stereotype will not cause much efforts and difficulties as the child already freely owns digital base of coordinated music-acoustic skills and habits, besides it, the technology of algorithm is designed in such manner that solves this moment of transition, naturally, psycho-emotional self - affirmation of the child will require purposeful activity in studying of standard music format.


    On the base of pedagogical experience, we have come to the conclusion : the methods of algorithm is based from physiologic point of view, proved in practice and can be applied with success in developing of educational program with use of the computer and MIDI – technology. The authors’ main task is to describe the structure of technology of A,B,C,D,E – algorithm,typical model features and physiological mechanism of forming and maintenance of technical skills and habits of the child.

    Scientific article “Algorithm of Microcycles “is intended for acquaintance of teachers, psychologists, students and others with the system of intensive music education of children at early school age ( 7-9 years old ). Authors of the scientific article will be grateful for valuable reviews, comments, recommendations and proposals which will be considered and applied in scientific researches in this direction with the aim of aesthetic education of children.

Stepanov S.M. teacher of music Kolesnik V.D. pediatrician

    Authors’ Resume

    The scientific article “ Algorithm of Microcycles “ raises the topic question on the necessity to use of the digital technology in the system of music education.

    Application of informational technology will allow teachers to improve quality, speed and efficiency at the second stage of music education of children.

    The scientific conception “ Reflection “ proposes to investigate the neurophysiologic mechanisms of child’s mental activity, to solve some number of practical and pedagogic problems, to identify the new technology direction in the system of music education.

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