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…

Tonality

Tonality is a common hierarchical framework in use in western music from approximately 1600 CE or so. For some of western music history, tonality is the best way to describe pitch relationships in music. Starting toward the end of the 19th Century and the beginning of the 20th, tonality became less straightforward, and eventually multiple…

Consonance and Dissonance

Reading through Intervals 1 & 2 earlier made me realize that I left out a very important part of learning intervals: consonance and dissonance. These are loosely defined at the most basic level as “sweet” sounding or “harsh” sounding. I also like to use analogies like blending vs. clashing or restful vs. tense or stable…

Note reading worksheets

Here’s the first two: note reading worksheets note reading worksheets2 These includes practice reading treble and bass clef, and can be used to practice reading melodic intervals between notes, as well as harmonic intervals between the bass and treble staves. Time yourself to see how fast you can do it! Another good way to practice…

blog updates

I’ve been lazy this summer and not written as often. However, now school started again, and I’m trying to get back in the habit. Today I updated several of the Music Fundamentals posts, some just missing commas, but most substantially Intervals 1 and 2. I’m planning to make some further practice/worksheets for treble and bass…

Treble Clef

Treble clef is the clef used for higher notes, generally speaking. It looks like this: Treble clef is also sometimes called the “G” clef, because the curly part circles around the G above middle C. Each line and space is it’s own note name. Many people use mnemonics to memorize the lines or the spaces.…

Basic Rhythm reading

Rhythm is mostly counting by various levels of two. Below starts with an example of various lengths of note values you might see: The first two measures (also called bars) in order: whole note, half note, quarter note, eighth note, sixteenth note, thirty-second note. In the second staff below each note is the same value…