I purchased the above album from Nienhuis to go with our "bells music signs and notes." It is written by Jean K. Miller and titled "Montessori Music Sensorial Exploration and Notation with the Bells."
If you plan on only doing the bells and not the notation materials and you have the Gettman, the presentations in the Gettman should be fine. His presentations cover many variations of the two main activities done with the bells: matching and grading. Miller's album contains more variations and games but they cover the same ground. The extra variations are very similar knobbed cylinder extensions. Once the child can place all the cylinders do it: from two different rugs, from across the room, from across the room but walk in a circle before getting to the other side, etc., If you have the cylinders extensions somewhere apply those to the bells and you'll have it all.
The Gettman does not have the notation presentations however, and that is why I chose to buy this album. An extra bonus is that Miller's album is heavily illustrated with photographs. I'm not the type who feels that every album or presentation needs to be illustrated. I will say that the bells are one thing that is very helpful to have an illustrated album for. You don't get all twisted around in all the explanations like this one: "take 3 contrasting bells, widely spaced (but not the lowest bell and the highest bell) and place in reverse order in front of the bells at the right end of the bell setup."
Here is a photograph of a pair of pages with a bells presentation:
Here is a photograph of one of the pitch notation pages:
The illustrations are extra important when you plan to make all your own staff boards and print materials. There are nice illustrations of the front and back of every card in a set so you don't have to guess what is on the back, or guess what a whole set contains based on what you can see on the top card. I haven't made my print materials yet but will share when I do.
I am very happy that I purchased this album. I will point out that it has one major limitation. It is very clear upon reading the album that is intended to be the first of a pair of Montessori music albums. The album abruptly stops halfway through the pitch notation exercises before flats and sharps are introduced. On page 9, the author states, "See the next book in this series for a presentation of sharps and flats." As far as I have been able to ascertain, there IS no "next book in this series." I asked for help on Montessori Online and received one reply (thank you Cara!). That person didn't believe a second book existed but gave me a list of all Jean K. Miller's books that she could find. There is another music book written Music Theory with the Bells in a Montessori Environment. That book was published in 1970 and 1989 whereas the album I own has a 1999 date. I am guessing that either a second book was planned and never written, or that the album I own is a "prequel" to the other book. It's also equally possible that the 1999 book is a spruced up and retitled version of the 70/89. I am trying to get my hands on that other book, but it is out of print and I don't want to spend a crazy amount of money on it...particularly when I don't know what's in it! The Keys of the Universe album program I begin in February may contain the needed presentations in the music album. If not, I have seen the table of contents from Elizabeth Papandrea's music album and it appears that the presentations might be included there. If a reader has either of those albums and could comment, it would be much appreciated!
Does anyone have access to a copy of Miller's other book? If so, can you leave a comment and let me know what's in it? There are some copies in college libraries a few states away. I'm going to talk to our library and see what they can do for me. I am missing my PhD candidate days when I could get any book I wanted, for as long as I wanted, ASAP. Miller also has another book "Montessori Elementary School and its Curriculum" that I would love to read. Has anyone read that and would you recommend it?
Gotta run! Kal-El just finished reading Me Too a book and now they are fighting about which of them is the most "funky." (As in "funky music," not as in "smells funky.")
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