Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Music Theory Secrets - Reading Together - Major Scales and Major Key Signatures


"You may think of the order of flats as a BEAD made of Gold, Copper, and Flint, BEADGCF."
(locations 439-440, Kindle Edition)

"Therefore, the order of sharps is F-C-G-D-A-E-B. The order of sharps is the order of flats backward."
(location 464, Kindle Edition)

If you're looking for more ideas to use with your students, here are some other mnemonic devices.
- Remember the Order of Sharps and Flats
- Mnemonic Devices for Music
- 12 Marvelous Music Mnemonics

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Music Theory Secrets - Reading Together - Pitch and Rhythm Basics


"Practice both counting and rhythms. You might want to clap the exercise and play it on your instrument. Remember not to clap or play on the tie or the dot. Wind players must remember that rhythm is both in finger movement and in articulation; therefore, you may articulate or tongue rhythms on a single pitch but you might want to play up and down scales to produce rhythms through finger movement. String players will play rhythms through bowing and finger movement."

(locations 307-312, Kindle Edition)

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Sheet Music - Piano Excursions

Piano Excursions is a collection of piano pieces written for the beginner student.
Enjoy expanding your students' repertoire with these fun pieces!
To order, click here.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Music Theory Secrets - Reading Together


Welcome to the newest Reading Together series. I'll be posting a summary about our reading each week on Tuesdays. Come join us!

We'll be reading Music Theory Secrets by Brent Coppenbarger. You can get a copy from your local library, your favorite bookstore, or pick up a copy from Amazon.

We'll read one chapter a week.
I'll post about the first installment on Tuesday, October 10. That means you have two weeks to get a copy of the book and to read the first chapter.

The great thing about this program is that it allows us to read works together that can help us in our professional development as well as providing a level of accountability and the added interest of comparing notes as we read together.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

How to Talk So Kids Can Learn - Reading Together - The Dream Catcher


"Maybe the values I had tried to encourage within these four walls had gone inside Roy and become a part of him. And maybe those values would keep him from harm’s way and help him to survive and cope.
Maybe the spirit that I had tried to bring into my classroom was the real “dream catcher” that would protect all the children.
Maybe out of the hundreds of hours and thousands of exchanges we had had with each other, something would remain that would safeguard and sustain them—a core experience that would leave them stronger, more compassionate, more able to think and learn and love. Anyway, I’d like to think so."

(locations 2764-2769, Kindle Edition)

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