Compose triad based melodies using chord cards: Provide students with cards (one of each, or some tones doubled), e.g. C E G (C major tonic) and G B D (C major dominant). Have them arrange the cards in a pattern, play, explore, and write down. Provide guidelines, e.g. CEG for measures 1 and 2, GBD for measure 3, and CEG again for measure 4 and voila!, an easy entry into a melodic phrase that makes harmonic sense.