In Musikgarten we begin early, by introducing pictures of sounds on our graphic notation cards (the blue cards). Young children are not ready to work with all of the intricacies of traditional musical notation, but these "pictures of sounds" are an ideal way for your child to represent what she hears or imagines, in order to "write" it.
By using simple drawings, each child is able to notate duration, pitch and contour, and volume. This covers whether a note is long or short, high or low, what direction it moves, and whether it is louder (bold line) or softer (narrow line).
These graphic notation cards represent all of the musical elements, and are a great introduction to reading music. Bt actualizing the sounds represented on the blue graphic notation cards, a child turns symbols on the page into sound. This is exactly what reading music is all about!
And remembering creativity (from last week) your child is quickly able to compose using the same cards or by writing the symbols on a sheet of paper!
Later in the curriculum we move to actual music notation, and before long your child has transitioned from symbols to actual notes; traditional music notation that prepares us for our song pages in the keyboard classes.