I just happened upon this bundle from http://www.eartrainingandimprov.com/ in my inbox this morning.
It’s a great assortment of beginner music theory worksheets for children. I printed them all out and am going to assemble a worksheet packet that my students will work through up until Halloween. Kristin (the lady behind the packet) gives great suggestions for how to make these exercises extra fun for kids. I’m especially looking forward to the rhythm dictation worksheet called “Knock, Knock Trick or Treat.” If the student “knocks” correctly, they get the treat. I know my students are just going to eat that up (literally and metaphorically.
Fun new ear training worksheet for practicing rhythmic dictation. Kids listen and then fill in the missing measures.
Anyway, serious thanks to Kristin. Here’s a preview of some of the sheets and links to get them (click on image).
My students LOVE these kind of worksheets. I’ve shared a few of my own making, but these are really great:
My students often don’t get enough consistent practice drawing the treble clef sign and grand staff. It’s my recent resolution to focus on this more, so it’s great to have a Halloween-themed way to bring it to them this month!
Ear training, despite how vital it is, often gets put to the side in lessons – there’s just too much to teach in one hour, once a week. Definitely going to use this to make sure my students get a well-rounded music education.
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):
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).
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.