Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
Who is Miss Melody? Rachel Brackett (Miss Melody) is in her 16th year of teaching and is currently the K-5 General Music Teacher and Choir Director at Lakeview Elementary in Kirkland, WA. She earned her Bachelor of Music Education, Master’s in Arts Education and National Board Certification in Early and Middle Childhood Music, and instructs private voice, piano, and guitar lessons. She loves singing, acting and working with children in the performing arts, and has been since her teen years.
Who are the “music friends?” The music friends are real children who help model and teach the lessons alongside Miss Melody.
Do I have to be musical to use First Note? The program was designed for both those teachers that are musically trained and those that are not. For those that aren’t, Miss Melody teaches right alongside you!
Do I need to have any instruments in my classroom? No instruments are required though egg shakers, rhythm sticks, 2 puppets, a frame drum and slide whistle are recommended (click here for details).
Is training included with the First Note program? A training video is available online, though the program was designed to be easy to use with little or no training required.
Do I need to download the lessons to use them? Both the manual and lessons can be used online though connection speeds can impact performance. Downloading the lessons onto your computer or a USB drive is most reliable.
How long is each lesson? The video portion of each lesson runs between 15 and 19 minutes though there are 3 or 4 pause points in each lesson where certain activities are suggested. Each lesson could easily run 30-40 minutes in total, the timing is teacher directed.
How many lessons are there and how often should we do them? 30 lessons total taught once per week throughout the school year. Some teachers have chosen to use only certain lessons, while others have chosen to repeat the lessons more than once per week based on classroom time available and the age and ability of their students.
What age group is First Note designed for? Pre-K to 1st grade (ages 3-6)
What is the Frankie Dance™? Named after our mascot “Frankie First Note” and developed by creator Anne Green Gilbert, the Frankie Dance™ involves a series of exercises comprised of eight (8) fundamental movement patterns that we move through in the first years of life, designed to align and awaken the body and brain.