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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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Musical Terminology

For Teachers 4th - 5th Standards
Would you rather listen to music at a pianissimo level or a fortissimo level? A music theory lesson introduces elementary learners to the basics of musical dynamics with engaging and hands-on activities.
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Independent Harmonies

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Independent harmonies, homophonic music, intervals, and melody are all part of music theory and practice. Prepare your budding musicians for the big time with these activities focused on playing with accompaniment. This lesson plan is...
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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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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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Why We Love Repetition in Music

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
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.
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Latin Rhythms: Mystery Unraveled

For Students 6th - 12th
There is an indescrible energy to Latin American music—but if you know your music theory, it's not so indescrible after all. A thorough packet provides definitions for terms like bolero, charanga, shekere, and tumbao before listing...
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Music

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Music is a universal pleasure, but writing about it can be a little trickier. An informative handout discusses common types of music writing assignments that one might encounter in a college-level course. Individuals read about musical...
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Gamelan-Style Melodic Elaboration: A Music Class Activity

For Teachers 4th - 12th
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...
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Create Your Own Afro-Latin Groove

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The backbone of Latin American music is the beat! Young musicians work on blending Afro-Latin rhythms and beat patterns before incorporating the major pentatonic, minor pentatonic, and blues scales in their own compositions.
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A Tempo Activity

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Allegro, largo, vivo, and andante, it's tempo time! As the metronome ticks off a variety of tempos, budding musicians work to identify them. They then create and perform a musical, singing, or movement piece which demonstrates each type...
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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 worksheet and then to place these notes on a staff.
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Endosymbiotic Theory

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Eukaryotes—were we born from an act of predation that backfired? Ponder this and other questions of evolution with a video from a well-written biology playlist. Topics include the origins of mitochondria and chloroplasts, unusual...
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A Melody Activity

For Teachers K - 4th
Students explore melody. In this music lesson, 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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Understanding the Sociocultural Perspective

For Teachers K - 4th
Enhance your understanding of basic principles and best teaching practices as they are viewed through a sociocultural lens.
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An Approach to Chemistry via the Analysis of Art Objects: The Scientific Method, Laboratory Safety, Light and Color Theory

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students create a painting that clearly exemplifies the use of primary pigments to make secondary pigments. They demonstrate the distinction between value and saturation. They explain the affect of adjacent colors on each other and...
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Cell Theory Rap

For Teachers 7th - 12th
All that this will link you to is a rap about cell theory and organelles. Use it as an example for a creative assignment in your biology class. Divide the class into groups and assign them a topic for which they write and perform a skit,...
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2 Black Keys, 3 Black Keys

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Learners 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 Basketball Basics

For Teachers 4th - 12th
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...
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Music and Technology

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders explore the basics of musical notation to name notes and gain a musical vocabulary. Student constructed worksheets and technological applications provide the basis of this lesson.
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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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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...
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When The Saints Go Marching In: A Lesson for Middle School Keyboard Lab Students

For Teachers 6th - 8th
After listening to a variety of interpretations of "When the Saints Go Marching In," partners compose and then perform their own renditions of this classic before joining a full-class jam session.
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The Faint Young Sun Paradox!

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Does the sun have a life cycle? The video explains the confusion of what scientists expect and what the history of the earth proves. Then it offers multiple theories about the discrepancy and details the most accepted theory.