Student Assessment Using Model Cornerstone Assessments - National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Music Teachers: We Need You! Student Assessment. The following MCAs have been drafted and are being field-tested: Take part in pilot-testing the assessments! We are now collecting names for continuing piloting of all the elementary MCAs, and going on to fully pilot the standards for EnsemblesGuitar/Keyboard/Harmonizing InstrumentsComposition/TheoryMusic Technology How to Read Tabs Understanding Tablature Tab (or tablature) is a method of writing down music played on guitar, bass, drums etc. Instead of using symbols like in standard musical notation, it uses ordinary characters and numbers. Tablature is possibly the best way to learn music for those who don't know special music notation. Reading tabs is easy, you won't have to go through this lesson twice.
21 Cool 3 Notes-Per-String Exercises to Rock On! Photo by Jsome1 Playing 3 notes per string exercises is something I do on a regular basis. I use them to warm up, to become a faster guitar player and to spice up my improvisation. 200 useful chord phrases in C major We've spent two full months of this blog exploring the basics of chord writing in rock music so you can create your own chord progressions (or chord phrases, as I like to call them). Personally, I love this stuff! There are so many hidden symmetries to discover, so many subtle relationships between notes that you can play with.
Explore Rhythm and Meter With the Chrome Music Lab - Teaching With Orff Katie Wardrobe of Midnight Music shares her music tech lesson plan, which guides students to compose and play rhythms in different meters with Chrome Music Lab. In March, Google launched the free Chrome Music Lab Experiments site to celebrate Music In Our Schools month and to allow users to explore the way in which music works. Peter Kirn of Create Digital Music wrote about the browser-based music tools in his article Google Are Giving Away Experiments To Teach Music And Code. The 12 experiments that make up the Chrome Music Lab easily lend themselves to multiple uses in music education. This complete lesson plan uses the first one – Rhythm – which allows students to compose and play rhythms in different meters.
How to Read Piano Chords Piano chords are made up of symbols that stand for 3 or more notes. So, to read piano chords, you just need to know the symbols and what notes they stand for. Most of the time the symbols are written the same way but some can be written differently depending on who’s doing the writing. Scales and emotions See also a post about making chords from scales. So maybe you want to write a song or an instrumental in a particular mood or style, and you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the scales. Here’s a handy guide to the commonly used scales in Western pop, rock, jazz, blues and so on. Click each image to play the scale right in your browser with the aQWERTYon.
Lyric Writing Exercises: a 5-Day Workshop Guest post by Maria Rainier If you’re anything like most songwriters, you’re all too familiar with that frustrating sensation of being stuck in a rut. You know it’s important to write something – anything – every day, but there are times when that just seems impossible. Maybe you don’t have enough energy, you might be too critical of your first attempts, or you could be missing out on the muse. Whatever the reason, you can still get your daily writing done in a productive way if you introduce new exercises into your routine. The next chance you get, try starting this five-day lyric writing exercise workshop – it’s the perfect way to begin a week of successful songwriting.
Beginner Piano Music for Kids You just can't have too much beginner piano music! Supplement your piano method with free kids sheet music and easy piano songs, plus a bit of classical piano sheet music too. Save New Beginners Evaluating Guitar Performance: Using a Comprehensive Assessment for Your Students - National Association for Music Education (NAfME) By NAfME Member Christopher J. PerezDirector – Freedom High School Guitar Program, Orlando, FL “The approach to what you do, results in what you get . . . ”Freddie Gruber (1927-2011)—Drummer and Master Teacher For some time our teaching environment is looked upon where assessments and evaluations are an “evil” necessity to our profession. Exams to test terminology and music theory are good to assess knowledge, however there should be performance assessments to test application of musical skill and level mastery.
How to Teach Yourself to Play Bass Guitar <img alt="Image titled 558429 1" src=" width="728" height="546" class="whcdn" onload="WH.performance.clearMarks('image1_rendered'); WH.performance.mark('image1_rendered');">1Familiarize yourself with the anatomy of the bass. Identify the most important parts of the bass. <img alt="Image titled Teach Yourself to Play Bass Guitar Step 2" src=" width="728" height="546" class="whcdn">2Learn how to Tune-a-Bass-Guitar. Use a reference tone from a tuning device or a tuning fork to tune the bass. The bass is tuned (from above) E A D G where E is the lowest pitch and G is the highest pitch. Learning how to tune the bass is very similar to learning how to Tune-a-Guitar.