The situation with regard to distance learning is different not only depending on where in the world you operate but even within a single country, state, district or county there is still huge variations with regard to the technology that any given school (and more importantly the students, when they are not able to be there for whatever reason) has available to them
Because of the simplicity of the resources on this site (they are really just a whole load of PDF documents) the "explainers" and worksheets can be compiled into learning packs that target students "weak areas" with regard to their understanding of key concepts such as Note Naming or Scale construction etc
A simple way to find out where your students may have "fallen off the bus" with regard to their functional knowledge of music theory is to use one of our simple one page Music Theory "Mini Exams" (there are twenty of these in the download). Ask your learner to complete a test and return it to you by means of whatever technology is available (email, school portal, PDF or even a photograph of their completed paper). Another option is to use the "diagnostic tool" that is part of the free student results tracking system featured later in this page
"Teaching without learning is just talking" and if we adapt that old saying to factor in the emergence of new technologies it is fair to say that online teaching without learning is just a bunch of file exchanges. If we are going to do this online thing then we had better be sure that it will have an effect not least because the administrators who currently oversee what we do will have some forms to fill in about it.
You can download a free "Diagnostic Test and Tracking System" below that will allow you to record your students capability at the beginning and end of a period of online study
The answers to the questions above are central to the effectiveness of what we do as educators. The diagnostic and tracking system gets to the core of how we can demonstrate (to ourselves, our students and those who administrate us) the effectiveness of what we do
It is important to stress that the suggestions are just a set of starting points and that adjustments will be made as any distance learning programme proceeds (just like in "real" lessons)
The explainer and two worksheets! (one covering the white notes and the other featuring both white and black notes) The simplest possible start to a distance learning or self study programme. it is important to communicate to your students that they will need to constantly have access to the explainers in order to build and reinforce knowledge and capabilities
Following on from this material you can provide more of the note naming worksheets and ask that your students work towards being able to complete them without reference to the explainer or other graphic aids. Let them know that they are aiming for a situation where they can find the note of C and work out every other note name from there. Knowledge is no good if it stays on the paper!
This material builds upon the note naming activities and concerns itself with helping students to develop an awareness of how to correctly assign letter names to notes a whole-step or a half-step apart. Explain to them that they will be required to understand this material in order to develop an understanding of Major and minor scales
It may be a good idea to include the last of the note naming worksheets in this pack in order to tie the two topics together
Using the knowledge that they have built up from the materials in the two previous sections to identify the notes that make up any Major Scale
So long as you use them to help educate individuals that you know and actually have responsibility for teaching (your students at school/college or your private music/instrumental students) you can adapt the PDF's in accordance with your working methods and the technology available to you and your students
We provide the simplest of resources (PDFs) that can be adapted to suit just about all circumstances from "snail mail" or email to being uploaded onto a school or college system or newsletter to provide students with remote access to first class music theory materials that are proven to work. We also offer a free tracking system to prove (to ourselves, our students and our administrators) that what we are doing is making a real difference
The resources on this website allow music teachers to reliably assess what students already know before enacting a plan designed to ensure that they end up knowing more
Our "one click" download consists of 300 professionally prepared handouts that can be printed over and over again for less than the price of a single paper textbook! many of which deal with the correct identification of intervals
These resources are especially designed to make life easier for classroom music or instrumental teachers who need to get theoretical ideas over to students.
The handouts have been put together so that the same basic ground can be covered with differing levels of graphic support (some handouts feature keyboards and have space for letter names while others aimed at more advanced students rely on a more conventional musical stave approach).
They are designed so that a single music educator might work with all ability levels within a single session. challenging the more able learners whilst supporting those who are not so familiar with the concepts and material under study