And the testing period was a success!

The testing period of PaNiBe at CBS De Fontein has successfully come to a closure.

The children have showed all they have learned and it is beautiful to see how much they do love music and making music with each other. I am very proud of them!

I have been busy already with the next step which is developing learning material so that many children from all around the world can benefit from learning music from ‘Sound to Symbol’ in a fun and pedagogically appropriate way.

Can’t wait to see what the future brings!

I am posting this mini-report video showing the development and activities we did in class at the hand of our welkom song: ‘Welkom Iedereen’. We worked in this way with many other songs and rhymes during our three years together. And…We also danced!

This experience has been most enriching for all of us. The children LOVED the testing materials and that inspires me to keep on the good work.

Thank you dear children and thank you to the Christian School De Fontein!


PaNiBe video singing: “Lluvia, para ya” or “Rain Rain go away”

On the following example we see how to sing the traditional song: “Lluvia, para ya”, or “Rain, rain, go away” using the new relative system: PaNiBe.

The song is sung using hand signs and body signs coupled to PaNiBe. On the previous post called: “PaNiBe lesson example” we see how this song can be introduced and taught using PaNiBe. On this video we can see how singing with PaNiBe makes it easy to understand that the same musical pattern is called the same way when singing from any starting pitch. This is one of the most valuable features of using PaNiBe: What you hear is called by the same name according to the sound- relations that compose the musical pattern independently of the starting note or the ‘key’ we decide to sing or play a song. Sharps, flats and fingerings are set according to the instrument one plays and to the choice of key one makes.



En el ejemplo del video, vemos cómo cantar usando PaNiBe la canción tradicional: “Lluvia, para ya”. En el mismo vemos cómo los signos de mano y los signos corporales son usados de acuerdo a su sonido y al patrón musical de la canción. Es claro ver cómo el cantar con PaNiBe simplifica la audición de la canción independientemente de la altura escogida para interpretarla: el mismo patrón es cantado con los mismos nombres porque la relación entre sus sonidos es la misma. Esto facilita el aprendizaje musical. Gracias al PaNiBe podemos aislar los patrones musicales y llamarlos por lo que son sin tener que preocuparnos por ‘el tono’ o la digitación que requiera el instrumento musical que toquemos. La cantidad de sostenidos o de bemoles y los dedos que debemos usar para tocar nuestro instrumento musical quedaría a la elección del maestro (o estudiante), de acuerdo al instrumento que se toque, y al tono en que se decida tocar o cantar la pieza.