This base is longer than the ones included in sets, so while there is a larger margin for error, it allows students to mix notes easily and create multiple measure instead of only one. The base includes measure lines for dividing measures as well as repeat signs and double bar lines to indicate the end of a composition. A great way to increase the versatility of your sets of blocks.
The PhraseMaker is a long base designed to be used with Toccata Blocks tiles. It includes
measure lines, double bar lines, and repeat signs. Not only does it enable the teacher to
illustrate longer phrases, but it allows for pickup notes and odd or changing meters. It adds to
the versatility of Toccata Blocks, and enables the music teacher to help the student learn just
about any musical rhythmic challenge.
Learning rhythms and note values is an essential part of music education, but if your student is anything like I was, it can be a struggle to translate this information to a young musician. Enter Toccata Blocks - they're like fraction tiles, but for music! A whole note tile is the largest, while other note tiles are proportionally smaller, such as the half note being half the width, the quarter note being a quarter of the width, etc. On the back side of the note blocks are the corresponding rests so students can implement rests as well as learning which rests and notes have the same value. In addition, each set has bases that are proportionally sized to represent one measure of a time signature. For example: the red 4/4 base has a matching red 4/4 block that fits on the left side of the base. When the 4/4 time signature block is in place, there is only enough remaining room for four beats. Students can use any combination of notes or rests to create 4 beats and as long as there is no part of a tile hanging off the end of the base, they will be correct. A great way to make it easy for kinesthetic learners to grasp rhythm, beat values, and notation! - Laura