New Google Doc Add-on Vex-Tab Music Notation + Free Worksheet

I was browsing on reddit as I am sometimes wont to do, and I learned about the new and exciting music notation tool for Google Docs.  For those of you not familiar with Google Docs, think of it as basically a free version of Microsoft Office provided by Google.  One significant difference between Google Docs and Office though is that Docs automatically backs up your documents online (not saved on your computer).

Anyway, enough about Docs.  The important news is that you can now use an add-on with Docs to notate music (for free!)  VexTab enables you to code music into your document and seems pretty easy to learn.  I spent about 15 minutes using it to create this worksheet (available in full on PianoTeacherNOLA’s Facebook page):

Music theory worksheet

Here’s an image of the editing window for the first line of music, so you can see how un-scary it is to use.  The green box shows what you type (and the music that results appears above it).

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It’s actually pretty intuitive.  You get to divide up your music into measures and type the notes thru note + octave notation.  I haven’t messed with different note values other than the quarter note yet, but it was very easy to change time signatures – all you do is change the value in “time=?” spot.

This is going to come in handy, I can tell.

(Another) Free Music Math worksheet!

My kids love these so much!  Who knew they would be so into math?  I had a lot of success with the last one, but noticed that several students could use more review – particularly when it came to distinguishing the whole rest and half rest – so I made Round 2.

Like the original Music Math worksheet,  this worksheet one quizzes students on the values of quarter, half, dotted half, and whole notes as well as quarter, half, and whole rests.  To change things up a bit, this one threw in a little subtraction.

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You can download the pdf here.

Free Music Math Worksheet!

The worksheet is great for students who have done the better part of the Bastien Primer set (through p. 40 of the Lesson Book, to be precise).  I created it in response to requests from my students who really enjoyed this worksheet from MakingMusicFun.net but hadn’t necessarily covered 8th notes yet.

The worksheet includes quarter, half, dotted half, and whole notes and quarter, half and whole rests.

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Download the pdf here.

Hey Teachers! Check out these free music theory resources (Part I)

I’m constantly on the prowl for free downloads of basic music theory worksheets to supplement my students’ own theory workbooks.

Here’s my current list:

Fun and Learn Music:  This website has about 30 or so free worksheets geared for elementary students.  Areas include generic interval training, rhythm, whole steps/half steps, hand and finger recognition, flats and sharps, and note naming.  The note naming is useful because it is broken down into positions so you can assign students working on Middle C position worksheets that will specifically and only cover those notes.    Worksheets are available for print in color.  Only criticism is that the sheets have “FUN AND LEARN MUSIC” printed very large over the entire worksheet – it might prove vaguely distracting for some students.  Image

Opus Music Worksheets:  Has 12 free worksheets on beginning music theory.  Each worksheet has lesson in it.  These worksheets are more suited to the older learner as they are more dense and have no graphics or games – they are straightforward question – answer style.  I do however use these worksheets on occasion with my younger students where none other will suit.

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Lawrence University Gene Biringer’s Home Page:  Worksheets appropriate to learn fundamentals, designed for use by college students.  In addition to basics, covers more advanced topics such as modes, transposition, identification of seventh chords, and identification of triads in major and minor keys.

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Susan Paradis:  free resources designed for children.  Includes color graphics.  Also includes holiday themed worksheets.

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Color in My Piano:  Has some really good stuff, but the website is organized in a way that makes it a little difficult to navigate.  Worth the trouble however.  You can even find a music instruments workbook that is really good for group lessons with young students.

To be continued . . .

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