Chords

Chords are a way that we group notes that work together so that we can talk about their joint impact on music. Often we think of chords as a simultaneity, notes that occur at the same time. But chords can also be arpeggiated, or broken up, and still understood to act as a unit: The…

Tuplets

Tuplets are when a beat is subdivided differently than the meter might indicate. The most common example is triplets, specifically eighth note triplets, where a beat normal subdivided by twos has three even subdivisions. This is shown with a bracket or the notes beamed together and a 3. Quarter note triplets, also called drag triplets,…

moving and mundane changes

so, I’ve moved cities and jobs. I’m now working what amounts to full time (6.5 hr days) and with the stress of moving and unpacking and getting acclimated to the new schedule (early mornings!) I have had no energy/brain power to write the last couple weeks. Hopefully I’ll be able to write next week, as…

Rhythm reading worksheets

So far I’ve only made one, but I can make more as I make posts about various types of meter. This one is primarily in 4/4 (common), but there is also a line of 3/4 and one of 6/8 for a challenge. Start by clapping or counting just the rhythm, without worrying about the notes.…

Actively Creating Safe Spaces in Music Classrooms

The following ideas are not a complete list and are only food for thought. They are based on a multitude of such similar suggestions for dealing with trans people in general and my personal experience. The main tenets for the tl/dr crowd: speak carefully and amplify trans voices/stories/art.   ~~~   I attended a talk…