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Check out this great explanation of Trap music on PBS!

PBS has more to offer than you’d think.

In this video, you learn the components of a trap beat (and how to emulate) as well as the genre’s history. Great ten minutes to spend!

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Free Music Theory Worksheet! Major Key Signature Quiz 1

Here’s a non-fancy music theory worksheet for students learning the circle of 5ths and their key signatures.  It includes only the keys with sharps (i.e. C, G, D, A, E, B, F#, C#).

I will create a follow up worksheet that will include the flat keys sometime in the coming weeks.

ImageGet the free pdf here.

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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.

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Free chord progression chart!

I created this for a student last week who is studying Jazz Theory and thought I’d share it.

This chart shows three note voicing for a very common jazz progression ( II7 – V7 – I major 7).  The voice leading comes from Berklee instructor Mark Levine’s The Jazz Piano Book.  I took the example in that book and reproduced it in all twelve keys.  

You can find Mr. Levine’s example from which I developed this chart on p. 17 (Figure 3.2) of his book.

Anyway, here’s a preview the chart (only the first page of two pages).  You can download a complete copy from my website here.

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Full chart gives the progress in all 12 keys

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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 . . .