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Music Education: Most Popular Articles

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Can You Name the Basic Elements of Music?
Learn more about the 8 basic elements of music such as harmony, rhythm and tempo.
The Different Parts of a Song Everyone Should...
You've heard about the verse, bridge, chorus, refrain, coda, etc. These are all parts of a song, here's a concise explanation of each part.
The Many Different Types of Pianos
About the piano, the different types of pianos and their respective descriptions.
What Is a Pentatonic Scale?
All about the pentatonic scale. Music Education.
A List of Musical Instruments Arranged...
A compilation of musical instrument profiles arranged alphabetically, by type or by the Sachs-Hornbostel System.
Famous Music Forms and Composers of the...
Learn more about the different music forms and how the role of composers changed during the Romantic Period.
History of the "Happy Birthday to You" Song
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All About Minor Scales
Explanation on minor scales and how to form them.
Music, Instruments and Innovations
Music during the 20th century brought about many innovations on how music was performed and appreciated. Learn more about the music, instruments, innovations and changes in the role of composers during the 20th century.
Where Did Christmas Carols Come From?
Brief history of how Christmas carols originated.
Top 10 Music Instruments for Beginners
Top 10 music instruments for beginners and budding musicians.
The Different Types of Flutes
The different types of flutes and their descriptions.
The Medieval and Renaissance Periods
There are six periods of music as classified by music historiographers, each period has a particular style and greatly contributed to what music is today. Here we will focus on the music of the Medieval and Renaissance periods.
Free Piano Sheet Music for Beginners
A vast resource of piano sheet music for beginners compiled from different websites on the internet.
A Beginners Guide to Music History
An introduction to music, a beginners guide to music, its' history and different styles and genres.
When Was the Saxophone Invented?
Saxophone history. About the saxophone and its' history.
Most Famous Composers of the Romantic Period
A list of composers during the Romantic Period.
Everything You Need to Know About Marching Band...
Profiles of musical instruments used in marching bands.
Santa Clause is Comin’ To Town
Title: "Santa Clause is Comin’ To Town" Author: This carol was the result of musician John Frederick
What Is a Riff?
Definition of the word. Music Education.
How to Read a Lead Sheet
Understand and interpret the core elements of lead sheet notation.
Quick Table of Key Signatures
Helpful table of key signatures in major and minor keys.
Music’s Role in the Baroque and Classical...
Learn more about the duties and responsibilities of composers during the Baroque and Classical periods, and other pertinent information.
Great Songs About Falling in Love
Love songs goes hand in hand with romance. Here are several songs about falling in love. Listen to it with your special someone and fall in love all over again.
Christmas Music Quiz
Take this Christmas Music Quiz - Test Your Knowledge of Christmas Music.
Top 8 Flute Brands for Beginners
This article will help narrow down your choices by listing flute brands and specific models that are often recommended for beginners.
What Were the Music Forms and Styles of the...
Explores the various music forms and styles popular during the Baroque period.
A Beginner's Guide to the Opera
Description of the different types of operas.
How To Form Minor Triads On A Keyboard
How to form minor triads or minor chords on a keyboard.
All About the Verse/Chorus/Bridge Song Form
An extension of the verse/chorus song form is to add a bridge. Here's how to do it.
All About Perfect, Major, and Minor Intervals
A handy table that will make it easier for you to determine intervals by counting its distance in half-steps.
Wind Instruments
Wind instruments produce tone by a vibrating column of air. It is classified into two groups; woodwinds and brasswinds. In Ancient civilization, wind instruments made of animal horns were used as a warning signal.
The Kodaly Method: A Primer
The Kodaly Method is an approach to music education based on the philosophies of Zoltan Kodaly.
The Most Important Music Events of the...
A timeline of music events that happened during the Classical period.
How to Decipher the I - IV - V Chord Pattern
What does the Roman Numeral I, IV and V stand for in music? Learn the asnwer through this article.
The Orff Approach
What exactly is the Orff approach and what makes it different from other music education methods? Here are things you should know about the Orff Approach to music education.
Jazz Musical Instruments
Image gallery of musical instruments used in jazz music.
Christmas Sheet Music for Piano
A compilation of Christmas sheet music for guitar and piano.
Musical Texture
Musical texture refers to the number of layers, as well as the type of layers, used in a composition and how these layers are related. Texture may be monophonic, polyphonic or homophonic.
Parts of an Acoustic Guitar
Let's look at the different parts of the guitar and the function of each part through this image gallery.
Learn the Long and Rich History of the Trumpet
A timeline of the trumpet's history.
Before You Buy Your First Piano
Guidelines on buying a piano. Tips and advice before you buy your first piano.
Everlasting Love Songs of the 40s
Take a trip down memory lane and relive the songs of the past with these beautiful love songs from the 1940s.
22 Heartwarming Songs About Friendship You Can...
A list of memorable songs for and about friendships. You can suggest other songs to be included on the list.
A Songwriter’s Guide to Lies and...
A look at how song form can manipulate a listener into believing that what they are hearing is true and insightful.
Non-Western Music
Each country or region has its own type of music that is native to that area. These music, songs and dances have become part of their culture and has been passed down through generations.
Enduring Love Songs of the 1950s
The 1950s was a decade of many firsts; seat belts were introduced in 1952, Disneyland opened in 1955 and NASA was founded in 1959. In the world of music, the 1950s is known as the birth of rock and roll with hits like
20th Century Composers
During the early 20th century, many composers experimented with rhythm, gained inspiration from folk music and assessed their views on tonality. These experimentations baffled listeners, and composers either received support or were rejected by their audience.
What’s the Right Violin for You?
Information on the different sizes and types of violin.
Music of the Romantic Period
Music forms, styles and composers of the Romantic period.
What to Know About the Baroque Dance Suite
More information on the suite, specifically the Baroque dance suite.
What Is the Role of a Conductor?
What does a conductor do? Learn more in this article.
Instruments of the Modern Orchestra
By the 1700s, other instruments that were designed soon took over the role of previous instruments. Wind instruments such as bassoons, flutes and oboes were paired. By the 19th century, instruments in the brass and percussion sections grew, as did the string section.
What is Chamber Music?
Meaning of chamber music and music samples.
What Makes African Music Unique
Introduction to African music. Music Education.
Gather the Family with Joyous Christmas Sheet...
A list of Christmas piano sheet music for kids.
Major Methods of Teaching Music to Kids
There are various methods music teachers use to teach children music. Here are four of the most popular music education methods used today.
5 Reasons to Learn a Musical Instrument
Benefits of music education and reasons why you should learn to play a musical instrument.
Music Forms of the Classical Period
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What’s the History of the Violin?
The history of the violin, important facts and information.
Little Drummer Boy
Title of the Song: "Little Drummer Boy" was originally titled "Carol of the Drums" because of the repeating
The Many Types of Saxophones
The different types of saxophones and their respective descriptions.
Timeless Love Songs of the 1920s
Timeless songs from the 1920s recorded by legendary singers like Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ruth Etting, Connie Francis and many others.
Parts of the Flute
If you are thinking of taking up flute playing, you must be well aware of the different parts of the flute and their specific function.
19 Classic Folk Songs to Teach Children
Nineteen of the well-loved children's folks songs, with links to music sheets plus recommended songbooks and CD's.
Classification of Musical Instruments:...
The classifications of musical instruments.
What Melodies Can You Create With These Popular...
Let's put all the chords we learned so far together and see what melodies we can come up with.
Images of String Musical Instruments
An image gallery of musical instruments belonging to the string family.
Understand Beats and Meter
Discusses the different types of meter and the corresponding beats.
sus2 and sus4 Chords
Explanation on what are sus2 and sus4 chords as well as how they are formed.
What You Need to Know About Major Scales
All about major scales. Music Education.
6 Web sites for Legal Music Downloads
Many Web sites offer music downloads either for free or for a fee. However, not all of these sites are legal or approved by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America). Here are 6 online music sources for legal music downloads.
Key Signatures
Meaning and list of key signatures.
What Is Tempo?
The different words used to signify tempo in music and their respective meaning.
What is Choral Music?
Meaning and music samples of choral music.
Song Forms
As you listen to songs that have become huge hits, you'll notice that most of them have well-written lyrics and memorable melodies. One thing you may not immediately notice though is the song structure. When crafting a song, songwriters also take into consideration the genre they are writing for and what song structure best fits it.
What to Know About Online Music Courses
A list of colleges and universities offering online music degrees.
Profile of Nat King Cole
More information on singer Nat King Cole.
Music Styles
More information on various music genres, forms and styles.
The Dalcroze Method: A Primer
The Dalcroze method, also known as Dalcroze Eurhythmics, is another approach to music education developed by Emile Jaques-Dalcroze.
Jingle Bells
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Major Events in Renaissance Music
A timeline of Renaissance music. Music information during the renaissance period.
"America the Beautiful"
Learn more about the patriotic song, considered by some as the unofficial national anthem of the United States, including lyrics, history, and recordings.
The Basics of Playing the Piano
Piano lessons for beginning students. Helpful lessons and links to resources for those interested in playing the piano.
Definition, sizes and types of ensembles.
What is an Orchestra?
Definition of orchestra as well as historical background, instruments and links to orchestra websites.
Unforgettable Love Songs of the 1930s
Composers and lyricists continued to collaborate to create beautiful love songs during the 1930s, among them were Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, George Gershwin and Richard Rodgers.
Romantic Music Timeline
A timeline of music-related events during the Romantic period.
Dotted Notes, Rests, Time Signatures, and More...
Music theory 101, musical notation and music symbols. On this page, learn more about dotted notes and their usage.
The Poetry and Music Connection
We can express ourselves artistically in various ways - music, dance, poetry, painting, etc. These artistic expressions can be related, connected or inspired by the other. For example, a music piece can inspire choreography, or a painting can inspire poetry. Through the years we've heard songs that have been partly inspired by poems.
Parts of the Guitar
Let's look at the different parts of the guitar and the function of each part through this image gallery.
The Verse/Chorus Song Form
Understand the popular song structure known as the verse/chorus by reading a definition, reviewing samples, and listening to an excerpt.
Action Songs for Kids
A compilation of action songs for kids.
Instruments of the Early Orchestra
The 1600s to the 1700s saw the development of string and wind instruments that soon replaced its early form. Musical instruments of the early orchestra include the following.
Types of Notes
Whether you're a performer, composer or just an avid listener of music, understanding the meaning and function of certain musical symbols will take your appreciation of music to a deeper level.
What Is the AABA Song Form?
Learn the definition and structure of the AABA song form.
What is a Strophic Song?
More information on the strophic song form.
Teach Students About Famous Black Musicians
A list of famous black musicians belonging to different periods.
List of the Greatest Musicians of All Time
Biographical information about famous musicians and composers categorized by era.
Medieval Music Timeline
Offers a medieval music timeline, a concise timeline of music history during the Medieval or Middle ages.
What is a hook?
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Thanksgiving Music Resources
Guides to music resources available online all relating to Thanksgiving.
More Christmas Music Trivia
Take this Christmas Music Quiz - Test Your Knowledge of Christmas Music.
What is Art Song?
Learn the characteristics of an art song.
Before You Buy a Flute
Generally, a closed-hole silver-plated flute with a C footjoint is recommended for student beginners. Here are some guidelines when buying your first flute.
White Christmas
Title: "White Christmas" Author: Thw words and melody of this Christmas ballad was written by Irving
10 Free Music Education Printables
Free music education printables for use in the home or classroom. Download and/or save free PDF files to help you in your music teaching.
Glossary of music terms. Definition of the music term lyric.
The Most Popular Love Songs from the 1920s to...
If there's one type of song that we will never grow tired of, it is the ever popular love song. Mellow or upbeat, mushy or filled with angst; whatever the tempo or the lyrical content; love songs remain attuned to our musical tastes.
59 Popular Wedding Songs
A compilation of wedding songs that are perfect for a wedding ceremony, reception, bridal entrance, or first dance.
Learn About Early 20th Century Classical Music
More information on the music forms, styles and composers of the early 20th century, including Schoenberg, Sibelius, Elgar and Bartok.
What is A Slur?
Ties and slurs may be confusing to some because it is both represented by a curved line. However, the function of a tie is very different from a slur.
Free Violin Sheet Music: 15 Songs for Beginners
A collection of sheet music meant to be played on the violin.
What Are the Major and Minor 7th Chords?
Defines what are major and minor 7ths and how they are formed.
What is a Chorus?
Historical background, definition, types and samples of a chorus.
Profile of the Piano
Information on the piano. Music Education.
Music Teacher Tools
Resources for music teachers to use in their classroom.
Can You Name These Parts of the Violin?
Description of the various parts of the violin.
Profile of Franz Schubert
A concise biography of the Romantic composer Franz Schubert.
Composers/Musicians of the Renaissance Period
The Renaissance signifies the rebirth of classical learning and an increased patronage of music. Here are some musicians during that period:
Simple Meter
In simple meter, the beats can be divided into even divisions. 2/4, 3/4 and 4/4 time signatures are all examples of simple meter, as are any time signatures with 2, 3 and 4 as the top number.
The Beethoven, Haydn and Mozart Connection
When we speak of the Classical period in music, the names of these three composers always come to mind - Beethoven, Haydn and Mozart.
The Professional Musician
If you can play an instrument and want to make a career out of it why not conisder becoming a professional musician?
What is Plainchant?
The definition and brief history of plainchant.
Major Musical Events, 1900-1960
A timeline of music events during the 20th century.
Joy to the World
Title: Joy to the World Author: The lyrics was written by Isaac Watts (1674-1748), also known as the
Types of Concerts
There are several different types of concerts that are differentiated based on the number of performers, the instruments used, the genre of music being performed and other factors.
Teach Kids Music with TV Shows
A list of excellent tv shows for kids that helps instill the love of music in children.
Types of Clarinets
The different types of clarinets and their respective descriptions
Carol of the Bells
Title: Carol of the Bells, originally titled Shchedryk .Author: Composed by Mykola Dmytrovych Leontovych
What Are Natural Notes, Natural Signs and...
Explanation on natural notes, the natural sign and accidentals
Are the Dominant 7ths and the Major 7th Chord...
Discusses what are dominant 7th's and how are they formed.
Learn the Parts of the Saxophone
The parts of the saxophone and their functions.
Music of the Classical Period
Musical styles and forms of the Classical period.
History of the Clarinet
A brief history of the clarinet, famous clarinet players and composers for the clarinet.
Ringtones 500.000+ - Free Music App
Customize your incoming calls, emails, reminders, etc. by assigning specific ringtones or alerts using this app.
Profile of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
He wrote concertos, operas, oratorios, quartets, symphonies and chamber, vocal and choral music. He wrote over 600 compositions.
Music Forms/Styles of the Renaissance
Historical events that shaped music forms during the Renaissance.
What Are Diminished and Augmented Triads?
The meaning of diminished and augmented triads and how it is constructed.
Romantic Music Composers
Historiographers define the Romantic music period to be between 1800 to 1900. It is characterized by using music to tell a story or express an idea; the use of various musical instruments including wind instruments and melodies are fuller and more dramatic.
Why the Baroque Period Was So Important to Music
A timeline of music events during the Baroque period.
12 Great Movie Musicals for Children
A list of popular musical movies for children.
Music Theory 101 - Clefs, Notes and the Staff
Music theory 101 listing the common notations used in music.
Before You Buy a Music Instrument
Tips on buying a music instrument. Helpful advice before you buy a musical instrument.
Types of Trumpets
A list of the different types of trumpets.
What Instruments Represent 'Peter and the Wolf'...
A list of characters in Prokofiev's
minuet and trio
Definition of minuet and trio. Music Education.
Frosty the Snowman
All about our favorite snowman - Frosty.
Where Beginners Can Find Sheet Music
A growing resource of sheet music for beginners available online.
Profile of Ludwig van Beethoven
Information on Beethoven, one of the great classical composers.

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