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- Lynn C., Teacher
- Wakefield, RI
Music Theory Teacher Resources
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Music theory lessons can be very tricky for some people. Children with a basic understanding of musical concepts take on the task of transposing music and identifying scale sets. This would be a good topic to address prior to discussing circle of fifths. The instructional activity includes sheet music and two worksheets.
WebQuests can be fun and engaging ways to review concepts. This musical WebQuest includes thirty-five fill in the blank and ten short answer questions, which students complete through Internet use. Upper graders complete this exercise to review music theory, chord structure, triad inversion, and diatonic triads. A great way to include technology and music in a single lesson.
Hone those musical ears to identify consonance and dissonance in music being played live or on a recording. Learners will work through four activities where they will listen to consonant and dissonant notes being played first by the teacher, then via recording. The concepts are then applied as they compose a piece using both consonant and dissonant tones. Suggestions are included for every grade.
Upper graders having skills in music performance will extend their abilities through creative musical composition. They'll use Finale 2000 to explore facets of music composition, they'll then compose a piece for their instrument in C, F, or G major or relative minor keys. This lesson is intended for proficient musicians, not beginners.
Music world get ready, your young performers are going to practice Gamelan style improvisation techniques. They listen to and discuss the melody and rhythm in Balinese Gamelan music, then take turns improvising by adding notes to a basic melody. Web links to worksheets and music are included.
Independent harmonies, homophonic music, intervals, and melody are all part of music theory and practice. Prepare your budding musicians for the big time with these activities focused on playing with accompaniment. This lesson is intended for learners who already have skills in musical performance.
Learners get a taste of music theory as they explore variations of the C-Major scale. They discuss traditional music styles that often incorporate pentatonic scales in their composition, music theory, and practice. Then they use a keyboard (piano) to practice and play with variations of the scale.
Students discuss the ability of the American spiritual and the Civil War. In this Civil War lesson, students view a PowerPoint about musical theatres. Students listen to recordings from The Civil War musical and answer study guide questions. Students write a paragraph describing the images and feelings evoked from the music.
Learners review what they already know about music theory. In groups, they research the information more in depth and place the information on note cards. They participate in a game of basketball in which the music theory material is tested and if answered correctly, they score a basket.
Participants analyze the key signatures to music theory. They include the following nine events: gain attention, inform learner of objective, recall prior knowledge, present material, provide guided learning, elicit performance, provide feedback, assess performance and enhance retention and transfer.
Students explore types of intervals containing major and minor sixths. While using Auralia computer software, they participate in a game to identify sharp and flat pitches. Afterwards, they identify the pitches by ear and listen to Thelonious Monk's Misterioso. Students play their instruments in melodic and harmonic intervals.