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61 resources with the concept music theory

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Keys and Scales are Sets

For Teachers 6th - 8th
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...
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A Pentatonic Scale Activity

For Teachers 4th - 12th
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...
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Up a 4th, Down a 5th

For Students 3rd - 8th
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...
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Classroom Builder

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
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...
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Melodies and Math: Creating Music with Non-Traditional Instruments

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Review the 4/4 and 2/4 time signatures in music with a helpful music theory lesson plan. Young musicians experiment with electronic sounds and create their own musical performance using instruments made from materials found in the...
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Not Your Grandma's Music: A Lesson in Music History

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students experience and discuss the different musical periods such as Baroque, Classical and Romantic. In this music lesson, students discover musical theory and apply it to the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods. Students will...
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Composing Your Own Melody

For Students 5th - 8th
Get the songwriters in your class started early with an engaging music composition activity. After experimenting with an existing melody, class members improvise in a given range of notes and create their own melodies.
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J.S. Bach (1685-1750): Sarabande and Gigue form Partita no.4 in D major, BWV 828

For Students 12th - Higher Ed
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...
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So You Want To Write A Pop Song

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners listen to pop songs and discuss their construction, melody, and rhythm. They observe a PowerPoint presentation describing types of songs and elements that make the song catchy. In groups, learners use a website to assist in...
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A Melody Activity

For Teachers K - 4th
Students explore melody. In this music lesson plan, students define "melody" and identify the melody line present in increasingly complex musical pieces. Students sing or hum the melody line after listening to an excerpt of music.
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Elements of Music

For Students 5th - 6th
In this music activity, students learn 6 elements of music and match the names with the definitions. The elements are silence, pitch, texture, duration, dynamics, tempo and attack and decay.
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The Space Between

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers explore major, minor and perfect intervals and watch the PowerPoint presentation "The Space Between." They identify the various intervals by sight and differentiate major, minor and perfect intervals. Students perform the...
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Nosferatu Expression and Diminished Chords

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore how to construct and play diminished triads and half and whole diminished chords on the keyboard. They create appropriate sounds to accompany sections of the movie "Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horrors." Students discuss the...