Freebie! Simple interval identification flowchart and accompanying online quiz

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Teaching my beginner students intervals, I often find that they want to count the lines and spaces for each interval rather than looking at the patterns of how these intervals look.

In an effort to retrain one of my students, I came up with this handy flowchart to help her approach the answer correctly, using the method I’d like her to learn. So now, I’m going to share it with you lucky people.

A note: This chart only addresses generic 2nds, 3rds, 4ths, and 5ths (not major, minor, perfect, etc).

You can get the flowchart here.  Below’s a preview.

music theory flowchart

After I get the student to understand the ins and outs of the flowchart, I give them this easy online exercise (and they can use the flowchart to work the problems.)

Here’s the link.  It’s customized by me to only include the relevant intervals, so you’ll need to bookmark the link to have the same quiz each time. Or you can always customize it yourself, but who wants the extra work, right?

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Halloween worksheet on . . . dah dah dum “the devil in music”

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As many of you may know, the tritone (aka augmented fourth or diminished fifth) has always had some spooky connotations. (For those of you who aren’t so familiar with its history and are interested, you can read about here and here

Listen to a classic example of the use of the tritone in this great animated version of Danse Macabre by Saint-Saens.

Teach your students about this interval using this very simple free worksheet. It’s written so that it can be used by students who aren’t ready to know about diminished and augmented intervals, instead discussing only whole steps.

Halloween music worksheet

Added bonus (or a little lagniappe as we say here), I created a tritone ringtone  (nice, hunh?) and I’ve shared it on my facebook page. Look for the tab with the pumpkin.  Once you click through, you should be able to download the ringtone.

To round out the lesson plan, I’m assigning my student a composition activity that let’s them use the tritone to make an eerie Halloween song.  I’ll share that worksheet in the next day or so.

Sorry for sharing so late!  Hope you enjoy.

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Free piano concert tonight at Tulane @8pm

Here are the program details:

Newcomb Dept. of Music Presents

Pianist Andre Ponochevney

Monday, October 20th- 8:00 pm

Dixon Hall-Tulane University

Free admission

Program

Domenico Scarlatti, Six Sonatas                                                                                     

  1. D Minor K 213
  2. E Minor K198
  3. C Major K487
  4. B Minor K87
  5. E Major K531
  6. A Major K24

 

Sergey Prokofiev,    Sonata No.7 in B flat major, Op. 83                                                          

  1. Allegro inquieto                
  2. Andante caloroso                                                                                   
  3. Precipitato

 Intermission

Nikolai Medtner:

3 Fairy Tales:

A minor op.51 No.2 ; E flat major op.26 No.2 ; B flat minor op.20 No.1

Alexander Scriabin:

Sonata No.4 in F sharp Major, op.30

Pyotr Tchaikovsky:

Lullaby in a Storm from 16 Songs for Children, Op.54 (Transcription by Arcady Volodos)

Sergei Rachmaninoff:

Andante from Cello Sonata (Transcription by Arcady Volodos)

 

Prelude in D Major, Op.23 No 4

Prelude in G major Op.32, No 4

Prelude in G sharp Minor, Op 32 No. 12

Prelude in B flat Major, Op. 23, No 2

Pianist bio:

Andrey Ponochevny – Bronze Medal Winner of the 2001 International Tchaikovsky Competition, 2002. In addition, he has won many top prizes including 1st prize at the “Tomassoni Internatl. Competition in Cologne”, Germany, top prizes in Prague, Warsaw, Dublin, Moscow, Hong Kong Latvia, Alexandria and New Orleans, LA.

http://tulane.edu/calendar/event-details.cfm?uid=C9132503-C32C-F7CD-AC1843F9F5F02D8C

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Free Halloween worksheet pack from Eartrainingandimprov.com!

I just happened upon this bundle from http://www.eartrainingandimprov.com/ in my inbox this morning.

halloween worksheets

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.

Rhythmic dictation

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:

Halloween worksheet

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!

Halloween worksheet

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.

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JK. We decided to stay here.

I know I said we were moving, but wordpress called us back. So just ignore that moving thing we mentioned here.  Note: posts that were made on our website NewOrleansPianoTeacher.com are still there.  Maybe one day I’ll move them here, but in the meantime, check there for content too.

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15 Things You Need to Know About Supporting Your Child Learning to Play the Piano

Collin:

Has some really great insights. Especially nos. 3, 5, and 9. I may print this out and distribute to students!

Originally posted on Elissa Milne:

This list was first published in It Takes Two Generations at the end of 2013. 

If you’re a parent who has no background in playing a musical instrument it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the number of things the piano teacher accidentally takes for granted along the way. Don’t be overly worried about this – the teacher won’t have enough time in each lesson to fill in all the gaps and still keep your child engaged and enthused about their learning, but as time passes you’ll become expert at supporting your child’s musical education.

Here are the absolute basics that you need to know to be able to support your family’s journey into profound musicianship:

1. You simply cannot miss lessons. Unless you’ve just had a car accident, your child has a communicable disease, or your grandmother’s funeral couldn’t be scheduled any other day. Your child having extra homework that…

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We are jumping ship from our present wordpress home and putting our blog where it belongs – on our regular website.  Find future posts (and old ones as soon as we migrate them) here!

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