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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 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.
How to Make Page Turns Less Annoying
Here are some tips for making page turns and breaks easier.
The Many Different Types of Pianos
About the piano, the different types of pianos and their respective descriptions.
All About Minor Scales
Explanation on minor scales and how to form them.
A List of Musical Instruments Arranged...
A compilation of musical instrument profiles arranged alphabetically, by type or by the Sachs-Hornbostel System.
What Is a Pentatonic Scale?
All about the pentatonic scale. Music Education.
The Different Types of Flutes
The different types of flutes and their descriptions.
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.
Free Piano Sheet Music for Beginners
A vast resource of piano sheet music for beginners compiled from different websites on the internet.
Top 10 Music Instruments for Beginners
Top 10 music instruments for beginners and budding musicians.
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.
Quick Table of Key Signatures
Helpful table of key signatures in major and minor keys.
Everything You Need to Know About Marching Band...
Profiles of musical instruments used in marching bands.
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.
What Were the Music Forms and Styles of the...
Explores the various music forms and styles popular during the Baroque period.
How to Read a Lead Sheet
Understand and interpret the core elements of lead sheet notation.
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.
Learn the Long and Rich History of the Trumpet
A timeline of the trumpet's history.
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.
How To Form Minor Triads On A Keyboard
How to form minor triads or minor chords on a keyboard.
A Beginner's Guide to the Opera
Description of the different types of operas.
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.
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.
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.
Classification of Musical Instruments
The classifications of musical instruments.
The Kodaly Method: A Primer
The Kodaly Method is an approach to music education based on the philosophies of Zoltan Kodaly.
Understand Beats and Meter
Discusses the different types of meter and the corresponding beats.
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.
What to Know About the Baroque Dance Suite
More information on the suite, specifically the Baroque dance suite.
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.
Jazz Musical Instruments
Image gallery of musical instruments used in jazz music.
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.
What Is a Riff?
Definition of the word. Music Education.
The Most Important Music Events of the...
A timeline of music events that happened during the Classical period.
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.
What’s the History of the Violin?
The history of the violin, important facts and information.
What All Teachers Can Learn from Music Teachers
Musicians perform extraordinary feats, and part of the secret lies in how music is taught. Here are some general teaching strategies from the music industry that will help teachers of any subject.
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 You Need to Know About Major Scales
All about major scales. Music Education.
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.
Medieval Music Timeline
Offers a medieval music timeline, a concise timeline of music history during the Medieval or Middle ages.
Music Forms of the Classical Period
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What’s the Right Violin for You?
Information on the different sizes and types of violin.
What is Plainchant?
The definition and brief history of plainchant.
Teach Students About Famous Black Musicians
A list of famous black musicians belonging to different periods.
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
What Makes African Music Unique
Introduction to African music. 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.
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.
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.
The Basics of Playing the Piano
Piano lessons for beginning students. Helpful lessons and links to resources for those interested in playing the piano.
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.
What Is the Role of a Conductor?
What does a conductor do? Learn more in this article.
What is a Strophic Song?
More information on the strophic song form.
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.
Music Styles
More information on various music genres, forms and styles.
Most Famous Composers of the Romantic Period
A list of composers 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.
Images of String Musical Instruments
An image gallery of musical instruments belonging to the string family.
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.
Can You Name These Parts of the Violin?
Description of the various parts of the violin.
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.
Before You Buy Your First Piano
Guidelines on buying a piano. Tips and advice before you buy your first piano.
sus2 and sus4 Chords
Explanation on what are sus2 and sus4 chords as well as how they are formed.
What is Chamber Music?
Meaning of chamber music and music samples.
What Is the AABA Song Form?
Learn the definition and structure of the AABA song form.
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.
Key Signatures
Meaning and list of key signatures.
What is an Orchestra?
Definition of orchestra as well as historical background, instruments and links to orchestra websites.
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.
Composers/Musicians of the Middle Ages
The Middle Ages signifies the beginning of musical notation. Here are some famous musicians during that era.
5 Reasons to Learn a Musical Instrument
Benefits of music education and reasons why you should learn to play a musical instrument.
History of the "Happy Birthday to You" Song
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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:
Music of the Classical Period
Musical styles and forms of the Classical period.
Why the Baroque Period Was So Important to Music
A timeline of music events during the Baroque period.
On This Day in October
Learn what important music-related events occurred from October 1 to 15 over the years.
What to Know About Online Music Courses
A list of colleges and universities offering online music degrees.
Major Events in Renaissance Music
A timeline of Renaissance music. Music information during the renaissance period.
Learn the Parts of the Saxophone
The parts of the saxophone and their functions.
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.
Music Forms/Styles of the Renaissance
Historical events that shaped music forms during the Renaissance.
What is a hook?
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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.
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.
The Dalcroze Method: A Primer
The Dalcroze method, also known as Dalcroze Eurhythmics, is another approach to music education developed by Emile Jaques-Dalcroze.
Music Theory 101 - Clefs, Notes and the Staff
Music theory 101 listing the common notations used in music.
What Are the Major and Minor 7th Chords?
Defines what are major and minor 7ths and how they are formed.
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.
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.
Can You Name the Parts of the Trumpet?
Description and functions of the parts of a trumpet.
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.
Parts of the Guitar
Let's look at the different parts of the guitar and the function of each part through this image gallery.
What Is Tempo?
The different words used to signify tempo in music and their respective meaning.
Compound Meter
The grouping of strong and weak beats is called meter. You can find the meter signature (also called time signature) at the beginning of every music piece; it is the 2 numbers written after the clef. In compound meter the beats can be divided into three notes.
Having Trouble Playing Sharp Notes on Your...
Fingering guides and charts for various types of musical instruments.
What Are Diminished and Augmented Triads?
The meaning of diminished and augmented triads and how it is constructed.
Definition, sizes and types of ensembles.
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.
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.
Music Teacher Tools
Resources for music teachers to use in their classroom.
What Instruments Represent 'Peter and the Wolf'...
A list of characters in Prokofiev's
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.
Music Symbols Quiz
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What Are Musical Modes and Modal Scales?
Explains what modes are and defines each modal scale.
What Are the Chromatic Scales for Different...
All about the chromatic scale. Music Education.
History of the Clarinet
A brief history of the clarinet, famous clarinet players and composers for the clarinet.
What is a Chorus?
Historical background, definition, types and samples of a chorus.
Profile of the Piano
Information on the piano. Music Education.
Baroque Music Composers
The word "baroque" comes from the Italian word "barocco" which means bizarre. The Baroque period was
Action Songs for Kids
A compilation of action songs for kids.
Free Violin Sheet Music: 15 Songs for Beginners
A collection of sheet music meant to be played on the violin.
How to Find the Right Size Cello for You
There are several different sizes of cello available. Helpful guides on finding the right size cello for you and your son or daughter.
Teach Kids Music with TV Shows
A list of excellent tv shows for kids that helps instill the love of music in children.
Major Musical Events, 1900-1960
A timeline of music events during the 20th century.
Types of Clarinets
The different types of clarinets and their respective descriptions
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.
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.
Head and Tuning Keys
Let's look at the different parts of the guitar and the function of each part through this image gallery. Page 2.
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.
The Fugue
More information on the fugue, its elements and composers who wrote fugues.
What Are Natural Notes, Natural Signs and...
Explanation on natural notes, the natural sign and accidentals
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.
Profile of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
He wrote concertos, operas, oratorios, quartets, symphonies and chamber, vocal and choral music. He wrote over 600 compositions.
Music of the Romantic Period
Music forms, styles and composers of the Romantic period.
What are Intervals?
Explanation of intervals and the different types of intervals.
12 Great Movie Musicals for Children
A list of popular musical movies for children.
What is Art Song?
Learn the characteristics of an art song.
What is Ars Antiqua and Ars Nova?
Learn the difference of music during the Ars Antiqua and Ars Nova period.
How To Form Major Triads On A Keyboard
Tutorial on how to form a major triad on a keyboard.
Types of Rests
Rests are used to indicate a pause in a piece of music. A whole rest is silence equivalent to the value of a whole note (4), a half rest is silence equivalent to the value of a half note (2). The table below shows you the common types of rests and its value.
5 Ways to Introduce Musical Instruments to...
Five simple and straight-forward ways to introduce musical instruments to young kids.
Are the Dominant 7ths and the Major 7th Chord...
Discusses what are dominant 7th's and how are they formed.
Before You Buy a Music Instrument
Tips on buying a music instrument. Helpful advice before you buy a musical instrument.
The Beginning of Polyphony
Tracing back when and how polyphony began.
Get the Notation Junk Out of Your Trunk
Less is more! These tips will help make your notation easier to read.
Understanding Dissonant and Consonant Chords
Explanation on dissonant and consonant chords and how it is constructed.
Where Do Improvisations Come From?
Where do notes come from, when you're improvising? Many different sources can be effective. Here is a roundup of some of the most popular.
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.
Types of Bands
More information on bands, the different types of bands.
Types of Trumpets
A list of the different types of trumpets.
Instrumental Music to Play at Your Wedding
A collection of instrumental/classical music you can use in the prelude, processional and recessional parts of the wedding ceremony.
Fingerboard, Frets, Strings and Position Markers
Let's look at the different parts of the guitar and the function of each part through this image gallery. Page 4.
What Are Harmonic Intervals?
Explanation of harmonic intervals.
Phenomenal Women in Music
There is no doubt that women have come a long way in many different fields including music. Here we will take a look at the profiles of Phenomenal Women in Music who have contributed their talents to help shape music history.

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