Lo spartito animato is a music education course for students aged between 10 and 16 years, which emphasizes the vital aspect of music. Lo spartito animato gives great importance to the education of listening, with frequent parallelisms with other arts and the cinematographic language, and opens a connection with other disciplines, in particular computer science. A wide space to vocal activity is given with monodic and poliphonic activities. The instrumental activity is conceived for music groups with different technical abilities, which is an important factor when different classes play together (festivities and school recitals). The course is made up of three volumes and a rich audiovisual material.
Volume A: To know the musical language. An analysis of environmental sounds and messages, and the messages they transmit, permit to reach a true musical expression, through listening education and the discrimination of the main characteristics of the sound. The listening activities lead the children create and deepen the relationship between sound and graphical symbols, with intuitive and traditional notation.
Volume B: Musical messages through the experiences of listening. The volume contains many guided listening activities on three levels of difficulty. The teacher is supplied with outlines and information, that allow to easily identify the musical events on which to draw the pupils attention (courses, rhytms, instrumental participations…). The volume contains chronological subjects and themes, from the origins of music to our days, about various types of music: classic, jazz, light, ethnic.
Volume C, Vocal and instrumental practice, is articulated in three sections:
- First steps with music contains lessons in order to learn how to sing and to play the flute, guitar, keyboard (right hand and left), percussions.
- Occasions for ensemble music contains scores formed by instrumental and vocal parts with various technical difficulties and therefore adapted to be performed by students from different classes.
- The musical collection contains local songs from Italian regions, Italian and foreign light music, spiritual songs, national anthems, theme songs from films, hymns and classical songs.
The Teacher’s Guide contains suggestions for didactic activities, details on guided listenings with the examination of events in connection with the era of reproduction of every recorded musical text, the answers to all the questions and to the self testing cards contained in volumes A and B, as well as the verification cards.