Category Archives for Music Theory

Glissando Note-Reading Game

This is a simple, fast game to reinforce note reading.  The game is based on Parcheesi, with a few twists. Game setup:  Place the flash cards on one of the blue rectangles.  Each player places four markers on their glissando rectangle. Game Play:  White goes first, draws a card and places one of their markers […]

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Piano Chord Wheel

This is a tool that I created for my piano students to help them to learn their primary chords.  Here is the printable: piano-chord-wheel.pdf Directions:Print on card-stock, cut out the circles, and then optionally laminate.  Poke holes in the center with a needle, then poke a paper brad through the smaller circle then the larger.  […]

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The Pentatonic Scale

When I first learned about the pentatonic scale, I was taught to associate it with the Asian culture. I have since learned that the pentatonic scale is universal to all nations, and most countries have folk music written using this scale. Old Dan Tucker is one of my favorite American examples. The easiest way to […]

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Solfege

Q. I’ve heard a lot of people talk about ‘Solfege’ and am thinking about teaching it to my children. How does it work? A. Solfege is a technique music teachers use for teaching sight singing. Each musical note is assigned a syllable. The seven syllables commonly used are do, re, mi, fa, sol (or so), […]

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