3rd Grade · 4th Grade · 5th Grade · 6th Grade · Homeschool · Sheet Music

Hungarian Dance No.5 | Easy Guitar Sheet Music w/TAB

The Hungarian Dances by Johannes Brahms are a set of twenty-one spirited dances based on Hungarian folksongs for the most part. The set was completed in 1869. The dances range in length, from approximately one minute to five minutes. They are among Brahms’s most popular works and were the most profitable for him.

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Hungarian Dance No. 5 | Easy Guitar Sheet Music (TAB)

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About the Composer of ‘Hungarian Dance No. 5’

Johannes Brahms (May 1833 – April 1897) was a German composer, pianist, and conductor during the Romantic period. He was born in Hamburg to a Lutheran family. He spent much of his professional life in Vienna, Austria. He is often grouped with high status composers like Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the “Three B’s” composers.

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5th Grade · 6th Grade · Homeschool · Sheet Music

Turkish March by Beethoven | Easy Guitar Sheet Music

Turkish March (Marcia alla Turca), is a popular classical march by German composer Ludwig van Beethoven. It’s written in the Turkish style that was popular in his time. Turkish March appears as movement four of the incidental music for a play by August von Kotzebue, The Ruins of Athens (1811). It premiered in Pest in 1812.

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Turkish March (Beethoven) | Easy Guitar Sheet Music

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Need help learning your rhythms?

Most beginning guitar students are still working learning the value of basic rhythms, so I’m including several links to helpful printable music theory worksheets, flashcards, and games. Learning rhythms will help your students feel confident, and learn the music they want to play far more quickly.

Joseph and his Coat of Many Colors | Free Color-Me-Rhythmic Worksheet
Clown Fish | Free Color-Me-Rhythmic Worksheet
Adam and Eve | Free Color-Me-Rhythmic Worksheet
It All Adds Up! | Free Music Rhythm Worksheet One (Whole/Half/Quarter)
It All Adds Up! | Free Music Rhythm Worksheet Two (Half/Quarter/Eighth)

About the Composer of ‘Turkish March’

Ludwig van Beethoven was a renowned German composer and piano player. He was born in Bonn, Germany in 1770 to parents Johann van Beethoven and Maria Magdalena Keverich. His father Johann and composer and conductor Christian Gootlob Neefe were his teachers, and both worked to enhance his musical talents. Neefe was the one who helped Beethoven publish his first piece of music.

Ludwig van Beethoven’s most popular pieces are his Fifth Symphony, Für Elise for piano solo, and his Ninth Symphony, which includes the melody, Ode to Joy. He is remembered as an important composer in the transitional period between the Classical Era and Romantic Era in music, and continues to be one of the most famous and influential composers of all time.

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1st Grade · 2nd Grade · 3rd Grade · 4th Grade · 5th Grade · Kindergarten

Singing with a Sub | Sub Plans for the Elementary Music Classroom

This highly-rated packet includes substitute lesson plans for the elementary music classroom. They are ready-to-use lesson plans that can even be used by subs with  no musical experience. This packet includes sub plans for approximately two weeks – depending on the number of times you see your students each week.

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Singing with a Sub | Sub Plans for the Elementary Music Classroom

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Contents

13 Lesson Plans 3 for Kindergarten, 4 for First Grade, 4 for Second Grade, 5 for Third Grade, 4 for Fourth Grade, and 5 for Fifth Grade with each lesson plan stating objectives, materials needed, and national music standards that will be met.

Format: Lesson plans are delivered in PDF format and in an editable Word document.

Lesson Titles: “Apple Tree Stations,” “Be a Composer,” “Carnival of the Animals,” “Instrument Stations,” “Music Fortune Teller,” “My Favorite Piece of Music,” “Nutcracker Comparison,” “Speak, Sing, and Dance,” “Elephants and Lions,” “Jazz Fly,” “Star-Spangled Banner,” and “Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.”

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5th Grade · 6th Grade · Homeschool · Music Worksheets · Sheet Music

The Place Where Lost Things Go (Mary Poppins Returns) | Easy Piano Sheet Music

The Place Where Lost Things Go is performed by Emily Blunt who plays the umbrella toting English nanny in the Disney movie, Mary Poppins Returns. The film is an American musical fantasy directed by Rob Marshall, starring Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Colin Firth, Dick van Dyke, and Meryl Streep. The plot for this sequel to the 1964 film, Mary Poppins, focuses on bank teller, Michael Banks, when he learns that his home will be repossessed by the bank unless he can repay the loan in five days. Just when all hope is lost Mary Poppins returns to save the day. The film has earned $174.5 million worldwide and received numerous award nominations, including four Golden Globe nominations and nine Critics’ Choice nominations.

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The Place Where Lost Things Go | Easy Piano Sheet Music

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About the Composer of ‘The Place Where Lost Things Go’

‘The Place Where Lost Things Go’ was composed by Marc Shaiman. Shaiman is an American composer and lyricist for TV shows and movie scores. He is best known for his collaborations with lyricist and director, Scott Wittman.

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4th Grade · 5th Grade · 6th Grade · Homeschool

7 Easy Tips for Reading Guitar Chord Charts

You don’t need to learn to all the ins and outs of music notation to play the guitar, but you should learn to read guitar chord charts. A guitar chord chart, also known as a guitar chord diagram, is a visual representation of a chord. They show you which finger goes where and on what string to place them. Once you learn what the lines, number and circles mean guitar chord charts will be a breeze.

Here are 10 things you’ll need to know to start reading guitar chord charts.

Visualization

The grid you see on chord charts contains six vertical and five horizontal lines. They represent the guitar fretboard. If you’re are having trouble visualizing this, hold the guitar in front of you so that the strings are facing you. When you do you’ll see that the chart represents the same view that you now have of your guitar, with the strings running vertically and the frets running horizontally.

Vertical Lines

The vertical lines on the diagram represent the six strings on the guitar. The leftmost line represents the sixth string – the low E string. It’s the thickest one. It’s followed by A, D,G, and B. The thinnest string that’s furthest to the right is the high E string.

Horizontal Lines

The horizontal lines shown on the chart represent the metal frets on the guitar. The first row of boxes represent the first fret, the second row represents the second fret, and so on.

Chord Name

The letters placed above a diagram represent the chord. As a beginner, you will most likely be playing major and minor chords, without all the fancy chord extensions.

Black Dots

The dots on the chord chart shows which fret to press down on and which string to place your fingers on to play a certain chord. Sometimes numbers are added. These numbers correspond to the four fingers of your fretting hand. Fingers on your left hand are numbered from 1 to 4, with #1 being the index finger, #2 being the middle finger, #3 being the ring finger, and #4 being your pinky. A T indicates that your Thumb should be used.

X’s and O’s

An “X” above the bolded nut mark means that you shouldn’t pick or strum a certain string. An “O” means to play the string open.

Barre Symbol

Barre chords are chords that use only one finger to hold down multiple strings simultaneously – usually the index finger. The symbol for barre chords is a curved or solid line placed above the nut or running through a fret from the first note to the last note.

Ready to start expanding your knowledge of chords? Here’s a link to a great chord chart for beginners.

Beginner Guitar Chord Chart

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2nd Grade · 3rd Grade · 4th Grade · 5th Grade · Homeschool · Uncategorized

The Fundamentals of Piano Practice | 5 Piano Lesson Tips

Learn a musical instrument as an adult or as a young child may sometimes seem like a  daunting task. However, it doesn’t have to be. Below are a few piano lesson tips to help you get started, and enjoy playing the piano every step of the way.

1. Set Clear Goals

Learning how to play the piano should begin with clear goals – goals that are tangible and easily achieved. Setting small goals, and achieving them, ensures that the desire to learn is not short-lived.

Some examples of goals that you can set as a beginner include practicing for at least 30 minutes a day, practicing a certain scale, or practicing a particular passage in your assigned music.

2. Practice the Fundamentals (Scales, Arpeggios and More)

Scales and arpeggios are a big part of the music we play, so it makes sense to spend some time learning them. Scales help us understand the key signature of the music, and are often included in the music. Some melodies also outline chords, making arpeggios an important thing to focus on too.

Every instrument also has a few fundamentals books, written by master teachers, that every one learns from. For the piano student, one of the best books is Hanon. This book provides the student with skill building exercises that are designed to strengthen each finger.

3. Practice Slowly

Malcolm Gladwell wrote in his book Outliers: The Story of Success, that the key to achieving world-class expertise in any skill is simply a matter of practicing the correct way for a total of 10,000 hours. However, it’s not just a matter of playing the notes correctly, it a matter of avoiding countless hours playing it incorrectly.

When you’re learning a new piece, begin by playing the piece very slow, making sure that all of the notes are correct and beautifully played. Have a goal of playing every passage perfectly every time. If you’re disciplined in this way you’ll make far better use of your time and soon be a world-class expert yourself!

4. Use a Metronome

Metronomes help musicians understand how fast the the composer intended the music to be played and how to play with a steady beat.

When you’re just starting out you’re own sense of steady beat is a reasonably good guide. By the time students reach jr. high school they should be practicing with a metronome every day. The daily discipline will strengthen their sense of steady beat, and make them a much better player.

5. Listen

Listening is learning. Students should listen to recordings of other players. Particularly recordings of the pieces that they are practicing, as it will help them add artistry to their own playing.

Listening also means listening to yourself play. Grab your cell phone or iPad and make a video of yourself playing your assigned lesson piece. When you play it back, listen to see if you are:

  1. Playing with a steady beat
  2. Playing the notes correctly
  3. Playing the dynamics

Congratulation on choosing to learn a musical instrument. If you keep these goals in mind you’ll soon be a great musician too!

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5th Grade · 6th Grade · Sheet Music

Minuet in G by Bach | Free Easy Guitar Solo (Notation/TAB)

The Minuet in G is attributed to Johann Sebastian Bach, a German composer and musician of the Baroque Period — a period or style of Western Art Music composed from approximately 1600-1750.

Johann Sebastian Bach was born in 1685 in Eisenech, Thuringia, Germany. His father, Johann Ambrosius Bach, was the director of the town musicians, and all of his uncles were professional musicians. His father probably taught him to play the violin and harpsichord, and his brother Johan Cristoph Bach taught him the clavichord and exposed him to a considerable amount of contemporary music. Johann Sebastian Bach is known for instrumental compositions such as the Brandenburg Concertos and the Goldberg Variations as well as for vocal music such as the St. Matthew Passion and the Mass in B minor.

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Minuet in G by Bach | Free Easy Guitar Solo (Notation/TAB)

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