The first thing noticeable about the MerrieNan Melodies program are the brightly-colored notes; children and adults alike are attracted to the materials immediately. These colors have a definite purpose. The MNM color-coded system assigns one color to each of the seven notes in the musical alphabet, A-B-C-D-E-F-G. An extension of this one-to-one correspondence is used in the MNM Music Note Code. The MNM Music Note Code translates each letter of the English alphabet and the ten numerals of the base ten system into one of the seven colors. This color-coded system starts with the note A instead of the note C in order to keep intact the order of the seven letters in the musical alphabet. The traditional “Every Good Boy Does Fine” and “FACE” approach separates the lines from the spaces, and takes the familiar order out of the alphabet. With the MNM approach, the student simply reads the notes with the aid of color until she recognizes the note names and no longer needs the colors. For the purpose of learning to read notes, the colors function as “training wheels,” like on a child’s first bicycle.
A = Purple, B = Sky Blue, C = Red, D = Orange, E = Yellow, F = Green, G = Blue
Looking at the code allows easy translation of all the letters of the entire alphabet and the numerals 1 through 9 plus 0. The MNM Music Note Code starts with 1 instead of 0 because children start counting with 1. Simply match up the letters of a name, word, or number with the seven note names in order to write a series of notes. An example of this procedure is found on the “Anna Song” page in both the MNM EarlyStart Musician’s Book and the MNM WriteStart Musician’s Book.