Musical Notation Teacher Resources
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Creating Musical Notation
In this creative music activity from Scientific American, students learn about musical notation and then design their own notations. Great web resource links are alsp provided
Simple Math meets Simple Meter
Students recognize correct whole numbers to create music notation. In this music composition lesson, students review simple math and are introduced to time signatures. Students work together to compose four measures of rhythm in a specific time signature. Students perform the music they composed for the class.
Crackin' the Musical Code
Students decode musical notation and then synthesize and apply by notating their own musical composition. Students draw various rhythmic examples which are equal in time duration. They notate and count rhythmic patterns. Additional cross curriculum activities are listed.
"The Star-Spangled Banner"
Students perform a song using correct posture, correct rhythms, and accurate pitches. They read musical notation and lyrics of various patriotic tunes, analyze the purpose and meaning of patriotic songs, discuss the social and cultural context of our national anthem, and understand the story of the national anthem.
The Math Of African Music
Learners practice rhythms and fractions on African drums in this Music lesson mixing Math skills and music notation. The lesson also includes ideas for assessment and state and national benchmarks met.
Students compose a piece of music and then hear their composition performed. They put their ideas down on staff paper using musical notation. This music will then be performed by the students on the instruments for which the composition was written.
Writing Music Symbols
Students practice writing basic music symbols and dynamic markings using sidewalk chalk. They choose a symbol and create the correct marking on the sidewalk. Lesson is modified for younger and older music education students.
Reading Music Notation
Ninth graders develop an understanding of music notation and become proficient at reading rhythms by sight. They explore rhythms base on divisions of two and four and triplets.
What are the Chances?
Fifth graders create their own chance music (aleatoric music) compositions using standard music notation. In this integrated composition and probability instructional activity, 5th graders experiment with simple music composition on tuned instruments. Additionally, students conduct simple probability experiments using a five-sided number generator or spinner to answer questions about probability.
Down the Nile
Third graders participate in an integrated arts program dealing with the culture of Ancient Egypt - its music, its art and architecture, and its language. Students perform folk dances, and use classroom instruments.
Four Different Styles of Music
Explore the characteristics of four very different musical styles. Your class will consider the rhythm, pitch, voice, and timber of each style. They'll practice reading musical notation, identifying elements of music theory, while researching Musicals, Kwaito, Soukous, and folk music.
Music and Reading go Hand in Hand
First graders develop fluency and awareness of concepts of print. In this music and language arts lesson, 1st graders identify patterns and music in singing with those found while reading. Students practice skills in guided reading groups, choral reading, echo reading, and cloze. Materials and directions are provided throughout this six week unit.
Music Box Identification
Fourth graders draw and label music notes and rests. In this music box lesson students use staff paper to draw the notes required. The students give the value of each note or rest.
Music Math Card Game
Students discover number sense by participating in a music manipulation activity. In this number value lesson, students collaborate in small groups and utilize music note cards to create equations based on the value of a specific note. Students utilize basic math functions to complete a music note worksheet.
VH1 AIDS: A Pop Culture History Lesson 3
Students investigate the relationship between music and culture, and how music conveys thoughts and emotions. They write their own song.
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.
Putting Pitch In Its Place
Young scholars focus on reading musical notations. They see, hear, practice and write notations in the lessons to become more independent readers of music. They complete a Rubric for Pitch Worksheet.
Students integrate the patterns of Fibonacci into music. For this geometry lesson, students apply the concepts of recursion, pattern and Phi or Golden Ratio to composing and playing music on various instruments. They lesson is co-taught with a music teacher.
Music Theory Fun and Games
Music theory lessons don't have to be dull. Concepts can be taught through motivating games and physical activities.
Can You Compose?
Fourth graders investigate musical notes. In this music lesson, 4th graders compose a short song while clapping the rhythm and singing the syllables using the appropriate notes or rests.