MELODY A very important element of music! Music 4th-6th grades Stephenie Wheeler DEFINITION OF MELODY A tune A line of single tones that move upward, move downward, or repeat The Staff The musical staff is made up of five horizontal lines and four spaces. There is a direct relationship between playing consecutive white keys on the piano, writing notes on the musical staff, and the letters of the musical alphabet. LINES & SPACES Treble Clef Names The treble clef is also called the G clef because the clef symbol curls around the line that represents the G above middle C. The names of the treble clef lines can be remembered by the saying "Every Good Boy Does Fine." The spaces spell "F A C E." Notes can move upward If you think of the lines as a ladder, it is easier to understand them. The higher you climb on the ladder of lines, the higher the notes will sound. The spaces count as steps on the ladder too. Notes can move downward Notes can repeat or stay the same Notes can move by step This means there will be a note on every line and space, consecutively Notes can move by skip This means that notes are placed on the staff, or sounded by a pattern of skipping every other note. *In the example below, the space notes are skipped, so the notes move up by skip. Notes can move by leap This means that the distance between the notes is farther than a skip. Notes that move by leap will sound far apart as well.