Sight-reading Teacher Resources
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A Musical Accent Activity
Budding instrumentalists take on the task of reading accent marks and playing them correctly. They practice playing the provided rhythm or beat, focusing on emphasizing notes that have accents over them. The handout included provides leveled practice depending on the skill of your musicians.
4th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts
Understanding time signatures and rhythm counting are two very important parts of playing an instrument well. Here are three basic lessons rolled into one that prompt upper graders to play their instruments with care. They'll practice playing a music piece written in unison parts with a variety of rhythms.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
Learners practice sight-reading skills in order to become more comfortable with them for future purposes. They review and drill on basic procedures for sight-reading for future competitions. Each student also analyzes advanced rhythms, intervals, nuances, keys, time-signatures and dynamics.
6th - 10th Visual & Performing Arts
Music Tutor (Sight Reading Improver)
Elegant in its simplicity, this app accomplishes precisely what it sets out to do: improving the user's sight reading of musical notes. Taking the concept of flashcards to the next level, the designers also add in the element of sound so that you can encourage not just visual memory, but aural as well.
1st - 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
Band Literature Study
Playing in a concert band takes a lot of time and practice. Your dedicated young musicians consider the concept of theme found in film music. They practice the timing, melody, and rhythm found in the films, Jurassic Park, La Bamba, and Pirates of the Caribbean.
5th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts
Reading Basic Music Notes
First graders develop skills in reading music notes. In this reading music instructional activity, 1st graders clap and chant rhythm patterns and learn music vocabulary. Students also match patterns by listening to the teacher perform the pattern.
1st Visual & Performing Arts
SIGHT READING RHYTHM PATTERNS
The perception of rhythms by reading and the ability to auditorily discriminate these rhythm patterns by listening to them performed by the teacher is practiced here. your students will work to create an eight-beat long rhythm pattern.
1st - 2nd Visual & Performing Arts
Keyboard and the Grand Staff
Learners explore the treble and bass staffs, naming the lines, spaces, and locating middle C. Individually, students complete a word game and then compare their answers with a partner. They sight-read the grand staff and explore ways they may improve their sight reading.
6th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts
The American Five - Pentatonic scales in early American melodies
Through vocal warm-ups and exercises, budding musicians will attempt to grasp the five pentatonic scales, commonly used in early American songs. They'll sing and work to identify the pitch, tone, melody, and scales being expressed in the Aaron Copland songs, "Appalachian Spring Simple Gifts" and "Fanfare for the Common Man.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
Musical Sleuth: Musical Manuscript
Seventh graders explore an original musical manuscript. In this music lesson students look at an original musical manuscript and analyze the notation system that the composer used. The students also transcribe part of the manuscript using standard notation and solfege syllables.
7th Visual & Performing 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
Chords and Improvisation
Tenth graders identify and interpret how to recognize traditional harmonic progressions such as I-V-I in writing or performance. They experience improvising simple melodic patterns based on traditional harmonic progressions. By coupling chord identification and improvisation, 10th graders learn that a certain pitch has both melodic and harmonic attributes.
10th English Language Arts
Singin' Around the Year
Young scholars explore performing arts by singing with their class. For this music appreciation lesson, students collaborate in groups to read and sing songs based on specific holidays such as the Fourth of July or Christmas. Young scholars define music terms such as beats per minute, measure and notes.
3rd - 4th Visual & Performing Arts