6th Grade · Homeschool · Music Flash Cards · Music Games · Uncategorized

Chomp! Music Theory Game for Kids – Rhythms and Time Signatures

Looking for a way to make your lessons extra fun and engaging?

This printable shark-crazy board game will keep your students on their toes while learning all about simple rhythms and time signatures.

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Chomp! |Music Theory Game for Kids – Rhythms and Time Signatures

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Product Description

Chomp! is an exciting shark-chomping board game where players choose the best path and answer questions about simple rhythmic values and time signatures. To make things more challenging, sharks will be lurking in places where your opponent has hidden them. (It’s a little like Battleship.) If you land on one of these spaces you’ll get Chomped! This game is for two or more players. The first one to reach the dock with less than three Chomp! cards wins the game.

Product Contents

Chomp! Music Theory Game for Kids – Rhythms and Time Signatures pack includes

Game Prep/Instruction
Game Board (2 pages)
8 Chomp Cards
22 Question Cards
2 Blank Cards (For additional questions)
4 Playing Pieces (Fold and tape)

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

Cotton-Eyed Joe | Easy Guitar Sheet Music (Notation & Tab)

Cotton-Eyed Joe is an American folk song. It was popularized by the Swedish Eurodance band, Rednex, when they made their 1995 debut studio album, Sex and Violins. The song was an international hit – particularly in Norway where it stayed in the number one spot for 15 weeks. It also took the No. 25 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100. Cotton-Eye Joe remains a popular choice for weddings, and at sports arenas.

The origin of the folk song is unclear, however, American folklorist Dorothy Scarborough in her book, “On the Trail of Negro Folk-Songs” (1925), claimed that the song originated in Texas where negroes could be heard singing it on plantations.

This digital print sheet music edition of Cotton-Eyed Joe is arranged for the advancing guitar student with at least two years of lessons. It’s a three-page arrangement that features traditional notation and tablature, and there’s an mp3 file on the site that students can listen to as they practice.

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Cotton Eye Joe| Easy Guitar Sheet Music (TAB)

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Lyrics for ‘Cotton Eye Joe

Do you remember a long time ago,
There was a man called cotton-eyed Joe.
There was a man called cotton-eyed Joe.

I could have been married a long time ago,
If it hadn’t been for cotton-eyed Joe.
If it hadn’t been for cotton-eyed Joe.

Old bull fiddle and a shoe-string bow,
Wouldn’t play nothin’ but a cotton-eyed Joe.
Wouldn’t play nothin’ but a cotton-eyed Joe.

Play it fast or play it slow,
Didn’t play nothin’ but cotton-eyed Joe.
Didn’t play nothin’ but cotton-eyed Joe.

Don’t you remember a long time ago,
Daddy worked a man called cotton-eyed Joe.
Daddy worked a man called cotton-eyed Joe.

Where do you come? Where do you go?
Where do you come from, cotton-eyed Joe?
Where do you come from, cotton-eyed Joe?

Come for to see you, come for to sing,
Come for to show you my diamond ring.
Come for to show you my diamond ring.

Need help learning your note names?

Many beginning guitar students are still learning their note names and rhythms, so I’m including links to music theory worksheets, games and flashcards that will help. You can print every resource on this list instantly, and several are free.

Let’s Crossword | Free Treble Clef Note Name Worksheet
Let’s Crossword | Bass Clef Note Name Worksheet
CodeMaker! Note Name Worksheet | Treble Clef
CodeBreaker! | Free Note Name Worksheet (Treble Clef)
Name That Tune! | Free Note Name Worksheet (Treble Clef)

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

Russian Sailor’s Dance (Glière) | Easy Guitar Sheet Music (PDF)

Russian Sailor’s Dance is a Russian folk song more commonly called Yablochko in its native language. The word Yablochko literally means “little apple” and it is of chastushka song and dance. The song became well-known when its choreographed version appeared in the 1927 Reinhold Glière’s ballet production “The Red Poppy”. The English version of the song’s title was developed when it caught on in the West. Although the title has the word apple in it, the song itself has nothing to do with it. Instead, the verses of the song referred to the political issues that were rampant at the time.

The Red Poppy or sometimes referred to as The Red Flower, of which Russian Sailor’s Dance was part of, is a ballet in three acts and eight tableaux with an apotheosis. It was the first Soviet ballet with a modern revolutionary theme. The musical was about Russian sailors, particularly its captain, who rescued overworked Coolies from its harbormaster. A certain woman witnessed this act of kindness and gave the captain a red poppy as a symbol of her love, thus its title. It was also because of this musical that Glière became a recognized composer. Due to the song’s popularity, several Soviet dance troupes include it in their repertoire.

This digital print sheet music edition of Russian Sailor’s Dance is arranged for the advancing music student with at least two years of lessons. It’s a two-page arrangement that features traditional notation and tablature, and there’s an mp3 file on the site that students can listen to as they practice.

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Russian Sailor’s Dance | Easy Guitar Sheet Music (TAB)

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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.

It All Adds Up! | Free Music Rhythm Worksheet One (Whole/Half/Quarter)
It All Adds Up! | Free Music Rhythm Worksheet Two (Half/Quarter/Eighth)
It All Adds Up! | Free Music Rhythm Worksheet Three (Whole/Dotted Half/Half)
It All Adds Up! | Free Music Rhythm Worksheet Four (Dotted Quarter/Quarter/Eighth)
It All Adds Up! | Free Music Rhythm Worksheet Five (Quarter/Eighth/Sixteenth)

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

Maple Leaf Rag | Easy Guitar Sheet Music (TAB & Notation)

Maple Leaf Rag earned Scott Joplin the title, “King of Ragtime.” The piece was so remarkable, in fact, that it became the model for ragtime compositions in the years following. Joplin rose to popularity due to the success of this piece and profited greatly from it. It has become one of his most popular works of all time recorded by several well-known artists.

The song’s roots can be traced back to Sedalia, Missouri where Joplin arrived as a touring musician in 1894 and stayed at the residence of Arthur Marshall who would later become a ragtime composer in his own right. He performed in major clubs and dance halls in Sedalia and performed Maple Leaf Rag in one of those performances. Among the many clubs that Joplin performed in was Maple Leaf Club and many speculated that the title of the piece was named after it. What made the song remarkable is the fact that the entirety of the song is played by only one person in the piano. One has to have very good left-hand coordination to perform the piece and the complexity of it was delivered exquisitely by Joplin with careful coordination.

The publication of Maple Leaf Rag is yet to be known but it was speculated that the published date was between August 10 and September 20, 1899, when the United States Copyright Office received a copy of the song. It was also at August 10,1899 that Joplin made a deal with John Stillwell Stark that earned him $0.01 royalty on all sales of the piece, with the minimum sales price of $0.25.

This sheet music is professionally arranged for the beginning piano student by the MakingMusicFun.net staff. You’ll be able to preview and printed the arrangement instantly and use the digital recording for practicing. To make music lessons more affordable, MakingMusicFun.net features MMF Unlimited ($24.95 per year), a subscription plan that gives you unlimited access to their complete library of sheet music arrangements like this one, music flashcards, worksheets, and games. With hundred’s of resources for the elementary music students and teachers on this site, it’s a smart choice for parents of young musicians.

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Maple Leaf Rag | Easy Guitar Sheet Music (TAB)

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Need help learning your note names?

Many beginning guitar students are still learning their note names and rhythms, so I’m including links to music theory worksheets, games and flashcards that will help. You can print every resource on this list instantly, and several are free.

Musical Spelling Bee | Free Note Name Worksheet (Treble Clef)
I Thought That I Was Crazy | Treble Clef Note Names
Let’s Crossword | Free Treble Clef Note Name Worksheet
Let’s Crossword | Bass Clef Note Name Worksheet
CodeMaker! Note Name Worksheet | Treble Clef

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Composer of the Month Resources | Elementary Music Lesson Plans

A new school year means a fresh start– a chance to try new strategies, routines and materials. This year, consider featuring a composer of the month in your music classroom.  It’s an easy way to introduce your students to great composers even if you don’t have time to spend whole units getting to know them. With a little wall space for visuals and a little class time, your students will have the opportunity to meet a composer, learning basic facts about their lives and contributions.

For each of the composers below, you’ll find a bulletin board pack– a printable pdf file with a large image of the composer, fun facts about the composer, and a list of each composer’s “Greatest Hits.” The posters are designed to be clear and basic so that after a month of seeing these posters on the wall, your students will recall the key facts. You’ll also find a kid-friendly, one-page biography. To follow up any biography, you can use Meet the Composer Job Application Worksheet to review the experiences and skills that shaped that composer. Additional worksheets, lesson plans and other resources are also provided for each composer to extend your study beyond the biography.

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Composer of the Month: Beethoven

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Get Beethoven | Composer of the Month Bulletin Board Pack
Get Beethoven free printable biography

More Beethoven Resources:
Beethoven Word Search
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Beethoven Coloring Page
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Composer of the Month: John Williams

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Get John Williams | Composer of the Month Bulletin Board Pack
Get Williams free printable biography

More John Williams Resources:
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John Williams | Word Search Worksheet
Meet the Composer Job Application Worksheet
Homeschool Music Lesson Plans

Composer of the Month: Franz Joseph Hayden

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Get Haydn | Composer of the Month Bulletin Board Posters
Get Hayden free printable biography

More Hayden Resources:
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Franz Joseph Haydn | Word Search Worksheet
Franz Joseph Haydn | Coloring Page
Meet the Composer Job Application | Worksheet
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Homeschool Music Lesson Plans | Franz Joseph Haydn

Composer of the Month: George Frederic Handel

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Get Handel | Composer of the Month Lesson and Bulletin Board Pack
Get Handel free printable biography

More Handel Resources:
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Composer of the Month: Sergei Prokoviev

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Get Prokofiev | Composer of the Month Bulletin Board Pack
Get Prokofiev free printable biography

More Prokofiev Resources:
Peter and the Wolf (Prokofiev) | Music Lesson Pack
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Sergei Prokofiev | Word Search
Meet the Composer Job Application Worksheet
Peter and the Wolf FunLib™ (Prokofiev) | Story and Worksheet
Peter and the Wolf (Prokofiev) | Music Lesson Pack
Peter and the Wolf (Prokofiev) | Bulletin Board Pack

With these materials, introducing your elementary music class to a new composer each month will be fun and easy. Among all the exciting things they’ll learn in your class this year, they’ll meet some some of the world’s greatest composers.

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Free Music Practice Charts, Incentives and Award Certificates

Logging regular practice time is essential to music students’ progress. Motivating students to adopt good practice habits can be a challenge, however. A few appealing tools can help students enjoy tracking their practice time, see progress towards their goals, and see rewards for their efforts.

1. Practice Charts. Keeping a practice log is a great way to make practicing a daily habit. For younger students, choose a practice chart that simply records whether they practiced on a given day. (The link below includes a color-in chart that’s easy to use and visually represents their practice sessions.) Older students will benefit from charts that record the number of minutes practiced. They can work with their teacher to set reasonable goals and then track their progress with one of the four different designs of practice charts below.

Get Free Printable Practice Charts (12 Designs)
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2. Beethoven Bucks. It would be nice if students’ practice was always intrinsically motivated, simply for the love of music. Realistic music teachers know that’s not the case. For younger students especially, the promise of long-term improvement isn’t immediate enough to make daily practice sessions appealing. That’s where Beethoven Bucks come in. Work with your students to set goals and determine the Beethoven Bucks awards for meeting them  (a list of suggested goals and rewards, along with goal tracking sheets, are included with the package).

Decide in advance what the Beethoven Bucks will allow the students to purchase, and at what cost. These might include physical prizes of various values, from inexpensive sheet music or snacks to larger gift cards or whatever else you may have available. Bucks could also buy intangibles, like privileges or experiences, such as attending a local concert, bringing a friend to a lesson, or anything else you know your students would enjoy.

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Contents
Student Goal Sheet with Teacher and Student Selected Goals
17 Recommended Goals w/Suggested Beethoven Buck Amounts
One Sheet of 1’s
One Sheet of 5’s
One Sheet of 20’s

3. Music Report Card. Communication regarding students’ progress can also serve as a motivator. It can be difficult for students to gauge their own progress, so getting feedback from their teacher on a regular basis is important. Students who do practice regularly and improve as a result will see the fruits of their efforts in your positive reports. The simple report card format below is easy for you to use, with a blank for each week in the quarter and a space for an overall quarterly grade. You can use traditional letter grades or a system of your own to indicate students’ overall progress or track a specific aspect of their development.

Get Free Printable Music Report Card

4. Music Award Certificates. Words of commendation from a respected teacher can go a long way. In addition to regular affirmation, mark specific accomplishments with an award certificate. Follow the link below for over 30 different music award certificates for various situations. Many are general enough to be used for whatever achievements you would like, whether it is meeting a practice goal or reaching other goals through faithful practice.

Get Free Printable Music Award Certificates

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Ultimately, you can’t decide for students whether or not they will practice each day. You can, however, provide the tools and motivation to encourage them to do so.

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