Music Theory Teacher Resources
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Up a 4th, Down a 5th
Flats and sharps are a part of knowing how to read sheet music. Provide students with the practice needed to count fourths and fifths, as well as where to place flats on the staff. This type of exercise gets pupils ready to both read and write music.
3rd - 8th Visual & Performing Arts
Gamelan-Style Melodic Elaboration: A Music Class Activity
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.
4th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
Music of the Middle East
Explore the cultural and religious influences that have shaped music in the Middle East. Classical and traditional music styles are covered in terms of instrumentation and music theory. This slide show would be appropriate for a music history or social studies class.
7th - 9th Visual & Performing Arts
Lesson 4: Behind the Movie Chicago
The elements of music and journalistic integrity in one lesson; What could be better? The class discusses journalistic approaches to better understand responsible reporting versus sensationalism. They watch the Act One from the film Chicago stopping to discuss the part tabloid reporters play in the story.
7th - 12th English Language Arts
Admirable Armonica Admirers
What do Ben Franklin and Wolfgang Mozart have in common? Find out about the musical invention, the armonica or glassy-chord. Learners will read about how Ben Franklin invented this new instrument and how Wolfgang Mozart came to play it. They'll study Mozart's Adagio in C Minor and write a paragraph describing his use of the armonica.
1st - 6th Visual & Performing Arts
Rhythmical Phrases and Sentences
Get ready to write some music! First learners practice identifying and creating rhythmic phrases and sentences, then they get acquainted with the G Major scale. Finally, they compose a jingle on human rights. A well-organized music lesson, sure to inspire great songs.
7th Visual & Performing Arts
J.S. Bach (1685-1750): Sarabande and Gigue form Partita no.4 in D major, BWV 828
Challenge your music students with this worksheet, which includes twenty-one questions about J.S. Bach's Sarabande and Gigue form Partita no.4 in D major, BWV 828. Students compare the two sections (bars 1-12, bars 13-38) by answering questions about the introduction, motifs, and rhythmic repetition.
12th - Higher Ed Visual & Performing Arts
Mock Instrumental Audition
Students will engage in a mock audition. In this audition awareness lesson, students prepare a musical selection which they will perform at a mock audition. This lesson contains a several rubrics, sheet music, and spans 7 days culminating in the mock audition.
5th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
Music Basketball Basics
Students 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.
4th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
Students explore Indian ragas and learn the differences between an Indian raga and the Western scale. They sing the familiar song "America," first in the Western major scale and then in two Indian ragas (bhairavi and purvi) on a neutral syllable, in order to identify differences in whole- and half-step patterns between an Indian raga and the Western scale.
5th - 9th Visual & Performing Arts
Making CD's from MIDI Compositions
Students complete their own composition (ABA song form, C Major scale, 32-60 measures) using the keyboard and sequencing software on the computer to playback the song. They fill in answers in their workbooks and watch how to transfer their compositions from MIDI file to CD Audio files.
3rd - 5th Visual & Performing Arts
Engage young mathematicians in learning about fractions with this cross-curricular math and music lesson. After listening to and repeating different beat patterns, children realize that musical notes are just another way of representing fractions, with every measure adding up to equal one.
3rd - 5th Math CCSS: Designed
New Review Why We Love Repetition in Music
Why does music rely so heavily on repetition? This is an interesting video from which to explore not only the psychological answers to this question, but also the ways in which humans perceive and rate different types of music.
5 mins 6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Overhead Transparencies
Classroom and studio music instructors will find this packet of 10 transparencies of major value. Images of treble and bass clefs, notes and rests, note values, time signatures, and music language are included. Nothing minor about this resource.
K - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
Illustration # 5: Phone Number Melodies
Fourth graders create their own melodies by making up a phone number with the numbers of the C major scale (the number 9 will be played by double the C at an octave. Students are encouraged to end their piece with V, I progression in addition to the end of their melody.
4th Visual & Performing Arts