Music Theory Teacher Resources
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Missing the Major Scales 2
Any musician can tell you, you have to know your scales, key signatures, and notes when reading sheet music. Kids are quizzed on major scales and the notes found with in each scale. They fill in the missing notes and identify each scale.
6th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 8 Views 38 Downloads
Music Theory Review: Chords
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.
10th - 11th Visual & Performing Arts 16 Views 51 Downloads
A Pentatonic Scale Activity
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.
4th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 25 Views 68 Downloads
A Musical Composition Experience
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.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 10 Views 47 Downloads
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.
5th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 11 Views 41 Downloads
Keys and Scales are Sets
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.
6th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 18 Views 60 Downloads
A Pentatonic Scale Activity
The famous Japanese tune, "Cherry Blooms" was composed using a pentatonic scale. Budding musicians explore the nature and theory behind the pentatonic scale as well as the East Asian music it is commonly used in. Multiple extensions are suggested for learners with musical experience, as well as adaptations for those with very little experience.
4th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 17 Views 40 Downloads
Melodies and Math: Creating Music with Non-Traditional Instruments
Students review the 4/4 and 2/4 time signatures in music. In this music theory lesson, students review basic music theory, experiment with electronic sounds, and create their own musical performance using instruments made from materials found in the classroom.
5th - 6th Visual & Performing Arts 26 Views 134 Downloads
Using Numbers to Teach The Major Scale
Middle schoolers study the numbers to the diatonic major scale using C note as a basis in this standards-based 45 minute lesson. Emphasis is placed on singing correct pitch, rhythmic accuracy, and proper breath control.
6th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 6 Views 26 Downloads
Explore the inception and evolution of hip-hop music as a springboard for writing music reviews and researching other genres of music. Learners will read and discuss the Times' article, From Underground Music to Fashion Statement to then write a persuasive review on their favorite music or artist.
6th - 12th Language Arts 147 Views 600 Downloads
How To Play Violin/Fiddle - Violin Basics - G Major Scale/ Left Hand Technique
After watching the violin basics, learn about left hand placement and technique. The close-ups provide a clear view of the player's hands, and he walks us through some notes step-by-step.
5 mins 5th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 0 Downloads
What is a parallel harmony? You and your class can explore musical terminology through song. You define what a parallel harmony is, the class identifies parallel harmony in music they hear, and then you all sing some examples together. Sheet music is included.
4th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 5 Views 13 Downloads
Students explore music theory by discussing a classic song. In this musical notation lesson, students listen to the song "My Favorite Things" and discuss and share their personal tastes with the class. Students practice writing notes on music charts and view the music charts for "My Favorite Things.
2nd - 4th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 37 Downloads
Students compose a simple melody using the notes of the D Major Scale. Criteria/Rubric for evaluation is provided with variations depending on skill level of students. A minimum of one forty-five minute class period is needed for this lesson plan.
6th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 5 Views 64 Downloads
Consonance and Dissonance Activities
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.
K - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 23 Views 37 Downloads
Tetrachords and Major scales
Learners explore and analyze the structure of a tetrachord and major scales along with their origins and functions in music. They recognize tetrachords and major scales in the context of the music they are practicing at this point in time and view a PowerPoint presentation on starting notes and scale patterns.
4th - 6th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 7 Downloads
Music Review Test
Wow this is a really thorough music quiz. There are a total of seven tasks for the class to complete. They must, write the C major scale, identify notes on the staff, write four major keys based on the information provided, identify music symbols, write the intervals, and identify notes based on what they hear.
5th - 9th Visual & Performing Arts 8 Views 102 Downloads