Basic Music Elements Teacher Resources

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Bass and Treble Clef Theory

For Teachers 2nd - 12th
For beginners to music theory, these seven worksheets outline reading sheet music, the difference between bass and treble clef staffs, and basic music nomenclature.
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Using Harmonic Vision’s Music Ace Software to Reinforce Basic Music Skills

For Teachers K
If you have access to Harmonic Vision’s Music Ace Software, then this lesson could work for you. Kindergarteners use the video music software to place, identify, and read musical notes. They listen in and identify both high and low...
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MUSICAL ELEMENTS OF THE LITTLE PRINCE

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Young scholars demonstrate knowledge of musical instruments and the families of the orchestra. They acknowledge different voice types found in opera. Students interpret emotional expressions through listening. They compose sounds to...
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Reading Basic Music Notes

For Teachers 1st
First graders develop skills in reading music notes. In this reading music lesson, 1st graders clap and chant rhythm patterns and learn music vocabulary. Students also match patterns by listening to the teacher perform the pattern.
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Musical Terms

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Are you starting a recorder lesson with your elementary students? Use this helpful slide-show, perfect for introducing basic music terms such as tempo, dynamics, pitch, and duration. Each slide provides a definition and example of the...
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Alicia Keys, Songs in A Minor

For Teachers 7th - 12th
How do a person's musical preferences influence the way they compose music of their own? Learners analyze the sound and lyrics of Alicia Keys in relation to musicians that came before. Jazz, blues, and soul music from the past are shown...
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Chamber Music Quiz

For Students 6th - 8th
Quiz pupils on what they remember from music class. This quiz focuses on chamber music, the instruments used, and basic musical terminology. There are seven questions to answer.
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Cape Cod Chantey

For Teachers 6th
Instruct your class on basic music notation, rhythm, pitch, and harmony as they practice keeping a beat to the song, "Cape Cod Chantey." They'll practice individually and then as a group. This song can be found in the text, Spotlight on...
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Music Education, The Blues

For Teachers Pre-K - 6th
This lesson examines both the content and form of lyrics in blues songs. In addition to highlighting the basic musical form of a blues song, it also addresses the use of floating verses in blues music, both within the context of the...
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2 Black Keys, 3 Black Keys

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Students explore the black keys on the piano and basic music theory techniques using the Internet as a guide. Websites visited include www.PianoNanny.com and musictheory.net.
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Music Terms Puzzle

For Students 3rd - 5th
In this music learning exercise, students complete a crossword puzzle of fourteen basic music terms about instruments, beats, and performance groups.
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Writing Music Symbols

For Teachers K - 5th
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.
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Virtuoso Piano Free 3

For Students 3rd - 8th
This may be as close to playing a piano as it is possible to get without actually having a physical instrument in the class. Learn the names and sounds of keys, play a solo or a duet, and practice scales or any song you'd like–all for free!
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SUITE FOR ORCHESTRA NO.3

For Teachers K
Students listen to a recording of Suite for Orchestra No. 3 by J. S. Bach, review and recognize basic musical instruments by sight, and begin to recognize sounds of some instruments.
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Haunting Music

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students discover music that was inspired by the spooky and bizarre. In this music of Hector Berlioz and Camille Saint-Saens lesson, students identify elements of music and listen to the Symphonie Fantastique and Danse Macabre. Students...
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Create a Holiday Tree and Song

For Teachers K - 12th
Students review basic music terminology and symbols. In an original art piece, they use whatever words and symbols they see fit. In groups, they write a school song for the holiday season and practice singing it together. They also...
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Music Mania

For Students 3rd - 8th
In this music worksheet, students identify and locate vocabulary terms related to basic music. There are 23 words located in the puzzle.
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Say It Loud!: A Celebration Of Black Music In America Music In America

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars study early New Orleans Jazz music and recognize Louis Armstrong as an early jazz artist. They recognize the elements and roots of Jazz.
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Trey and Dave go to Africa: Music

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Trey from Phish and Dave from the Dave Mathews Band took a trip to Africa to explore music, culture, and history. Your class watches this episode from VH1's Music Studio to understand how African culture and music have influenced modern...
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Note Naming Worksheet 1

For Students 3rd - 6th
Can you name this note? Young musicians are asked to name each of the notes pictured on a music activity and then to place these notes on a staff.
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The Role of the Opera Orchestra

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students listen to and examine a recording of the opera Don Pasquale and study the various musical instruments in an orchestra. They discuss the difference between a symphony orchestra and an opera orchestra. Finally they play the music...
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Name That Tune!

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students participate in a month-long project at home involving tunes they have already learned and their parents. Using easily recognized songs they know how to play with their instruments, they play a few lines to their parents, and...
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Music and Math

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Learners explore the relationship between music and math. They listen to music and discuss musical notes, solve addition problems using musical notes in place of numbers, and create their own addition problems for other students to solve.
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Langston Hughes and the Blues

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students explore the connections between Langson Hughes and blues music. In this African American culture lesson, students compare and contrast blues music with poetry and short stories by Langston Hughes.

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