Note naming is where music theory begins..........
Note naming is the single most important topic in any study of music theory. A pretty extravagant claim but hear me out......... If our students cannot name a note (or identify the choice of letter names that can be assigned to sharp and flat notes as appropriate) then they will struggle with every other aspect of music theory. A lack of understanding at this stage can result in every topic that follows it becoming "too confusing" and leads to the dreaded phrase that haunts those of us who teach music theory when they look at us and say..... "I just don't get it"
The ability to assign names to musical notes correctly and with confidence is the absolute basic skill required in order to develop a "joined up" knowledge of music theory yet it is a stage that can tend to be "glossed over" in the rush to get on to intervals, scales, chords and Keys.
Below you can download some free resources that can really help you to ensure that your students develop a thorough knowledge of how to assign the "correct" names to notes. The first resource is a student worksheet that requires a learner to assign names to the (natural) white notes of the piano while the second "explainer" concerns itself with the principles that govern the naming of notes
The worksheet is a great way to introduce students to the broader principles that govern the naming of musical notes. It features a series of questions alongside graphic assistance designed to provide students with a solid understanding of the "big picture" with regard to note naming
This handout can be distributed to your students during lessons or can be sent to them by email as well as being uploaded to a school or college IT system so that they can access it for home study. It can also be laminated and pinned up on a music classroom wall for "quick reference" during lessons
All of the worksheets designed to be used during the early stages of study (Note Naming- Whole-step and Half-step intervals, Major Scales, Major and minor chords and the combinations of chords that can be combined in any given key) come complete with answer sheets. The sheets are great for homeschooling or distance learning situations.
The 300+ PDF based resources on this site are designed to take students from a position where they do not understand anything at all about music theory to a place where they have a full working knowledge of note naming, intervals, scales, chords and keys. All without having read a single note of music
All of the materials that you can see on this site (available in a single "one click" download) are designed with the modern music classroom in mind and are put together in a way that caters for students with a whole range of abilities and prior experience. Drummers, Singers, Guitar and Bass Players as well as those who function on more "traditional" orchestral instruments
Take a look at our detailed lesson plans that you can download free or look at a full list of the very economically priced ($18.00) music teacher's classroom resources available from this site or you could look at how they can be used with modern devices such as phones or smartboards to update your professional practice (links below)
Follow the links below to find out more about our series of structured music theory lessons for students who have little or no experience of the subject.
The link below will take you to a page featuring a lesson plan for a very first music theory lesson that will ensure that students are able to name notes confidently and correctly every time
When students can name notes correctly then they are ready to move on to the study of whole-step and half-step intervals. The worksheets require learners to identify a note before providing the correct letter name for another note a whole-step or a half-step above or below the note originally identified. Follow the link to see the lesson plan for this session
Follow the link below to see a lesson plan that invites students to use their understanding of note names and intervals to provide the correct letter names for a whole range of major scales
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Now we go back to the note naming thing and investigate a tried and trusted method of getting music students to "really" understand the harmonic and melodic elements of music theory. The following material looks at a problem/situation that most music teachers find themselves experiencing on a daily basis
When our students understand that the (natural) white notes on a keyboard can have only one name while the (sharp or flat) black notes can be assigned one of two note names depending upon circumstance (such as where they appear in a scale or chord) then they are ready to progress securely in their study of music theory
Printable PDF Music Theory Worksheets to download to a memory stick, tablet, or phone
The music theory worksheets have been designed so as to introduce basic principles and then to test and reinforce understanding of those principles. The music worksheets and handouts give classroom music teachers (and even private instrumental teachers) a simple, flexible and powerful resource to assist in the development of a functional understanding of the principles that govern music theory.
The worksheets are not specific to a particular style of music, key stage or exam syllabus. They are concerned with developing a working knowledge of music theory
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