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New RELEASE from Danai D. Apostolidou-Gagné and Judith Thomas-Solomon
Danai Gagne and Judith Thomas-Solomon's new book, Greek Myths in Modes, is set for release on March 1, 2013. Ms. Gagne is in Greece now, presenting her book at a symposium there. The new book is a resource for elementary music teachers.
Greek Myths in Modes (Book/
The myths provide a rich background and inspiration for improvisation and composition encouraged by these two fine teacher/authors. They've used the ancient Greek modes (Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian and Aeolian) to create sound, sight, and movement explorations portraying the classic Greek stories.
This collection is offered as a way to enter the mythical, magical world of Greek kings and heroes. Because these ageless stories provide opportunities for invention and collaboration, they also invite dramatization, and this powerful amalgam makes for memorable learning experiences.
The Greek myths in this book have been adapted for use through music, movement, speech play, and modes in an open-ended, elemental style for grades 4-5-6. Inviting preparatory activities give the teacher ideas for developments of dialogue, meter, and mode.
Medieval modes have been implemented to bring a tonal flavor appropriate to each myth. Every story has its own ethos, just as the modes have their intrinsic individuality. Although very little is known about the affect the modes in ancient Greece had on its people, or even the specific scale tones, it is known that the structure of the medieval modes were an adaptation of the Greek modes. The authors were drawn to them for their unique qualities and found it easy to assign them to human characteristics which has been done in this collection. Modes are rarely taught in upper elementary music classes, and so this project provides a vibrant, wholly accessible entrance into Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian, and Pentatonic scales.
In our electronic age, the need for human interaction in classroom situations is volcanic. These dramas, which promote inter-personal communication and are “catch-nets”
Teachers and students can enter the magical garden of Greek mythology with mind and heart open. The will be invited to consort with the Gods and Kings, Monsters and Heroes, dance with the Nymphs and Dryads, and join Orpheus and Apollo in their divine songs, living with them through the Arts.