Posts Tagged ‘music theory’

Learn to Read Music

September 6th, 2014


It’s Saturday, September 6, 2014, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:


Introduction to Reading Music


Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)


Free lessons in music theory! At this site you can learn the basics of how to read music in an online tutorial. When you get to the site, simply click on the topic button and follow the course that introduces information about clefs, time signatures, notes, rests, counting, symbols, and notations for shaping music. When you are through exploring music theory, click on the button at the bottom of the page that says, “Return to Education Section.” You will discover a menu with links to pages at the site where you can:

  • Learn and hear about different instruments (great for young children!)
  • Learn about different musical genres
  • Learn what happened on This Day in Musical History

This site has information that will appeal to the whole family.

Free Music Theory Workbooks

May 3rd, 2014


It’s Saturday, May 3, 2014, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!


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G Major Music Theory


Age Range: 14-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)


Created by Gilbert DeBernedetti, a music theory teacher at the University of Pittsburgh, this website provides visitors free downloadable music fundamentals workbooks, harmonic dictation study materials, piano and guitar sheet music and more.

(*Please note: Although some answer keys, test templates, and flash demos for the Fundamentals workbooks are free, most, as well as many of the Contextual Listening pieces, are only available with a paid membership.) 


When arriving at this site, select from the following: 

  • Sheet Music
    • Free Piano Music for various skill levels arranged by Mr. DeBernedetti
    • Free Guitar Music for five levels of experience
    • Folk Dance Music includes sheet music and mp3 audios
    • Rounds sheet music and audios composed by Mr. DeBernedetti
  • Music Theory
    • Fundamentals provides 19 always free downloadable workbooks, 9 supplemental Circles of 5ths, and 31 sets of flash cards using the online Quizlet app that help teach music fundamentals. (*see note above)
    • Contextual Listening encourages the student to develop skills in identifying musical elements and provides lesson plans for the teacher (*see note above)
    • Harmonic Diction allows students to discover how well they can identify soprano and bass notes as well as Roman and Arabic numerals.
  • Music Humor provides fun visual puns for your music student to solve.


If you are planning to add Music Theory to your school days, this website will be a harmonious addition to your repertoire.

Free Music Games & Activities!

November 10th, 2012

Hi! It’s Saturday, November 10, 2012 and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

New York Philharmonic Kidzone

Age Range: All (with parental supervision)

Gather the family around the computer and turn on the sound to listen and learn all about the New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra! You’ll learn about every facet of the symphony orchestra (and even music composition) through incredible games and activities.

When you get to the site you’ll see an animated picture of a symphony concert hall. Place your cursor over each person or thing in the picture and you’ll see some text identifying a menu item. The menu includes:

*Composer’s Gallery – Meet over 60 composers, read their bios, and listen to their music.

*Games Room – Play games to learn about instruments, music theory, composers and more.

*Dressing Rooms – Take a virtual trip to the backstage dressing rooms to meet renown conductors, musicians, and singers.

*Musician’s Lounge – Read interviews with the musicians of the orchestra and find out how they got their jobs.

*Instrument Storage Room – Discover every instrument of the orchestra including brass, string, woodwind, and percussion.

*Composition Workshop – Create your own minuet and other compositions. Find out what it sounds like when different instruments play the same piece of music. Learn about some kid-composers.

*Instrument Lab – Get free instructions for creating home-made instruments using common materials. Make a French Horn, Trombone, Kazoo, Bassoon, Guitar, Xylophone and more!

*Newsstand – Read stories and learn about music around the world.

*Videos – Watch videos of open rehearsals and musicians playing various orchestra instruments.

Click on the topic of interest and a new page opens featuring a multi-media treat for the senses! Bookmark this one to return often.

Free, Fun Music Theory & Games!

September 22nd, 2012

Hi!  It’s Saturday, September 22, 2012 and time for Music at ClickSchooling!  

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Age Range: All (with parental supervision)

This commercial website offers free music theory, lessons, drills, and games.  When you get to the site you’ll see some of the highlights of what is offered in this free section, and then a menu that includes:

*Practice Spot’s Rhythm Gym – Get interactive practice in counting rhythm and time signatures in written music. Click on “Quarter Note Quest” or “Eighth Note Challenge” and then follow the instructions that will take you through each exercise until you gain proficiency.  You’ll see a piece of music. The idea is to clap out the rhythm correctly.  Once you do, you can listen to a midi file and hear it played correctly.  You can also print out the music and practice on a keyboard offline. Once you’ve completed all of the exercises satisfactorily, you can print out a certificate of achievement.

*Music Crosswords – Have fun solving these puzzles that test your knowledge of music and musicians.

*Sightreading Genie – Get over 100 exercises to test your music sight reading ability.

*Chord Wizard – This interactive guide helps you find and learn all of the chords by displaying them on a keyboard.

*Note Reading Wizard – Choose between treble or bass clef, select space or line notes, and then test your skill.

There are more offerings, including “Scales Chef” – a tool to help you learn all 24 major and harmonic minor scales. Unfortunately, the “Scales Chef” wasn’t working properly when I visited the site. Nevertheless, you’ll find plenty of free content that is operating properly that will help music students and teachers alike.

Free Music Lessons, Worksheets, Games & More!

March 10th, 2012

Hi! It’s Saturday, March 10, 2012 and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Making Music Fun

Age Range: 6-11 (Grades 1-6, with parental supervision.)

This ad-supported website provides engaging, FREE music appreciation resources including music lessons, interactive games, printable sheet music and music theory flashcards designed for kids.

When you get to the site you’ll see three menu choices that include:

*Oliver Octopus Arcade — Play music theory arcade games and learn to identify the whole note, half note, eighth note, etc. Learn note names for the treble and bass clef.

*Print It! — Get free printable sheet music that you can preview and listen to online. From beginner to intermediate players – you’ll find sheet music for the piano, violin, flute, recorder, trumpet and trombone.

Don’t miss the “Free Composer Worksheets” too! Print out fun wordsearch and dot-to-dot puzzles based upon your favorite classical composers including Bach, Beethoven, Bernstein, Chopin, Gershwin, Joplin, Mozart, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky and more!

You’ll also find practice charts, theory worksheets, and even printable award certificates.

*Music Library — THIS IS AN AMAZING RESOURCE! Access an archive of FREE music lessons on video for piano, recorder, flute, clarinet, trumpet, guitar, percussion, and bagpipe. There are even video flashcards for learning music theory!

You’ll also find biographies of great composers in the baroque, classic, romantic, and modern music eras.

Learn the instruments of the orchestra (woodwind, brass, string, percussion, and keyboard) with highlights about their history, how they are played, how they are made, and other fun facts.

Don’t miss the “Homeschool Music Resource Index” of suggested music activities created just for homeschool parents. Print out music lessons that help children learn about tempo, rhythm, pitch, musical symbols, form, and much more.

There’s even a “Jazz Index” with lessons and resources for learning about jazz music and great jazz musicians.
This site provides the very best in blending music with educational technology.


Learn To Read Music The Fun Way!

November 5th, 2011

Hi! It’s Saturday, November 5, 2011, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Teoría – Music Theory Web

Age Range: 9- 18 and beyond (younger children may enjoy; with adult supervision)

José Rodríguez Alvira, a music instructor at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico, offers this fantastic, multimedia, interactive website for learning all about music theory completely free of charge.

Available to view in English or Spanish this ad-supported site is well designed and extensive in scope.

When you get to the site you’ll see a simple menu. Look on the left side of the page for “Today in Music History,” a brief list of this date’s landmark events in music. Then, explore the menu that includes:

*Tutorials – Learn to read, write, and analyze music; see and hear examples and test yourself along the way.

*Exercises – For those going through the tutorials, these exercises reinforce the lessons, or they can be used as stand-alone practice of needed skills; ear training is also included here.

*Reference – Click on any musical concept to see a sample musical score and a brief explanation of the related theory; click on the speaker icon to HEAR it played. There is a lot more here than you would expect.

*Articles About Music – Older students can read analyses of various musical pieces (and listen to the segments being analyzed), or read articles about various instruments and music history.

Click on any topic and a new page opens with a menu of further choices. You’ll need to browse, click, and read to get to the interactives – but once you find an activity that interests you, it’s quite user-friendly.

Note: You’ll notice a menu item called “Members.” You can purchase an annual membership that includes ad-free browsing and free download of most of the site contents for use offline.

Be sure to bookmark this site and return often, as there is a depth of music theory instruction with examples and exercises, and new material is still being added and translated.