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Music Education: Most Popular Articles

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What to Know About the Chinese New Year
A brief background of the celebration of Chinese New Year.
Teach Students About Famous Black Musicians
A list of famous black musicians belonging to different periods.
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.
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.
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.
What Is a Pentatonic Scale?
All about the pentatonic scale. Music Education.
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
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.
Free Piano Sheet Music for Beginners
A vast resource of piano sheet music for beginners compiled from different websites on the internet.
The Different Types of Flutes
The different types of flutes and their descriptions.
All About Minor Scales
Explanation on minor scales and how to form them.
A Beginners Guide to Music History
An introduction to music, a beginners guide to music, its' history and different styles and genres.
Top 10 Music Instruments for Beginners
Top 10 music instruments for beginners and budding musicians.
Music from 1945 Onwards
Find out the various music genres that emerged from the 1945 onwards and the musicians who contributed to genres like jazz and rock.
A List of Musical Instruments Arranged...
A compilation of musical instrument profiles arranged alphabetically, by type or by the Sachs-Hornbostel System.
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.
History of the "Happy Birthday to You" Song
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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.
A Beginner's Guide to the Opera
Description of the different types of operas.
When Was the Saxophone Invented?
Saxophone history. About the saxophone and its' history.
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.
How to Read a Lead Sheet
Understand and interpret the core elements of lead sheet notation.
Everything You Need to Know About Marching Band...
Profiles of musical instruments used in marching bands.
What Were the Music Forms and Styles of the...
Explores the various music forms and styles popular during the Baroque period.
Profile of Duke Ellington
More information on the musician Duke Ellington.
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.
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 Is a Riff?
Definition of the word. Music Education.
Quick Table of Key Signatures
Helpful table of key signatures in major and minor keys.
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.
How To Form Minor Triads On A Keyboard
How to form minor triads or minor chords on a keyboard.
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.
Understand Beats and Meter
Discusses the different types of meter and the corresponding beats.
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.
Jazz Musical Instruments
Image gallery of musical instruments used in jazz music.
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.
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.
Profile of Louis Armstrong
A biography of the jazz great Louis Armstrong.
Classification of Musical Instruments:...
The classifications of musical instruments.
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.
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.
Most Famous Composers of the Romantic Period
A list of composers during the Romantic Period.
The Kodaly Method: A Primer
The Kodaly Method is an approach to music education based on the philosophies of Zoltan Kodaly.
What is Plainchant?
The definition and brief history of plainchant.
The Most Important Music Events of the...
A timeline of music events that happened during the Classical period.
Learn the Long and Rich History of the Trumpet
A timeline of the trumpet's history.
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.
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.
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.
Bri Ray Reflects on American Idol
An interview with Bri Ray, a singer-songwriter, motivational speaker, and American Idol contestant.
Profile of Dizzy Gillespie
Gillespie was the only one who played a trumpet with the bell turned upwards at a 45-degree angle.
What Is the AABA Song Form?
Learn the definition and structure of the AABA song form.
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.
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.
What’s the Right Violin for You?
Information on the different sizes and types of violin.
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.
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.
Before You Buy Your First Piano
Guidelines on buying a piano. Tips and advice before you buy your first 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 You Need to Know About Major Scales
All about major scales. Music Education.
What Is the Role of a Conductor?
What does a conductor do? Learn more in this article.
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.
The Basics of Playing the Piano
Piano lessons for beginning students. Helpful lessons and links to resources for those interested in playing the piano.
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.
Thanksgiving Music Resources
Guides to music resources available online all relating to Thanksgiving.
Medieval Music Timeline
Offers a medieval music timeline, a concise timeline of music history during the Medieval or Middle ages.
Profile of Ella Fitzgerald
More information on jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald.
What Makes African Music Unique
Introduction to African music. Music Education.
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.
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.
What’s the History of the Violin?
The history of the violin, important facts and information.
sus2 and sus4 Chords
Explanation on what are sus2 and sus4 chords as well as how they are formed.
What Instruments Represent 'Peter and the Wolf'...
A list of characters in Prokofiev's
What to Know About Online Music Courses
A list of colleges and universities offering online music degrees.
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.
What to Know About the Baroque Dance Suite
More information on the suite, specifically the Baroque dance suite.
What is Chamber Music?
Meaning of chamber music and music samples.
What Is Tempo?
The different words used to signify tempo in music and their respective meaning.
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:
Teach Kids Music with TV Shows
A list of excellent tv shows for kids that helps instill the love of music in children.
Music Styles
More information on various music genres, forms and styles.
Why the Baroque Period Was So Important to Music
A timeline of music events during the Baroque period.
Key Signatures
Meaning and list of key signatures.
The Dalcroze Method: A Primer
The Dalcroze method, also known as Dalcroze Eurhythmics, is another approach to music education developed by Emile Jaques-Dalcroze.
Definition, sizes and types of ensembles.
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.
Phenomenal Women in Music - Women's History Month
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.
What Are the Major and Minor 7th Chords?
Defines what are major and minor 7ths and how they are formed.
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.
Images of String Musical Instruments
An image gallery of musical instruments belonging to the string family.
Profile of James Brown
Information on the musician James Brown.
What is a Strophic Song?
More information on the strophic song form.
What is an Orchestra?
Definition of orchestra as well as historical background, instruments and links to orchestra websites.
What is a hook?
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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.
Ringtones 500.000+ - Free Music App
Customize your incoming calls, emails, reminders, etc. by assigning specific ringtones or alerts using this app.
Action Songs for Kids
A compilation of action songs for kids.
Music Forms of the Classical Period
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What is Choral Music?
Meaning and music samples of choral music.
9 Popular Songs About Graduation
A list of songs to make your graduation day more memorable.
Profile of the Piano
Information on the piano. Music Education.
Can You Name These Parts of the Violin?
Description of the various parts of the violin.
The Many Types of Saxophones
The different types of saxophones and their respective descriptions.
Major Events in Renaissance Music
A timeline of Renaissance music. Music information during the renaissance period.
Profile of Billie Holiday
More information on jazz vocalist Billie Holiday.
12 Great Movie Musicals for Children
A list of popular musical movies for children.
Learn the Parts of the Saxophone
The parts of the saxophone and their functions.
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.
Profile of B.B. King
More information on the musician B.B. King.
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.
Free Violin Sheet Music: 15 Songs for Beginners
A collection of sheet music meant to be played on the violin.
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?
Can You Name the Parts of the Trumpet?
Description and functions of the parts of a trumpet.
Types of Trumpets
A list of the different types of trumpets.
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.
5 Reasons to Learn a Musical Instrument
Benefits of music education and reasons why you should learn to play a musical instrument.
What Are the Chromatic Scales for Different...
All about the chromatic scale. Music Education.
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.
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.
What Are Diminished and Augmented Triads?
The meaning of diminished and augmented triads and how it is constructed.
Romantic Music Timeline
A timeline of music-related events during the Romantic period.
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.
Having Trouble Playing Sharp Notes on Your...
Fingering guides and charts for various types of musical instruments.
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 Are Natural Notes, Natural Signs and...
Explanation on natural notes, the natural sign and accidentals
Where Beginners Can Find Sheet Music
A growing resource of sheet music for beginners available online.
59 Popular Wedding Songs
A compilation of wedding songs that are perfect for a wedding ceremony, reception, bridal entrance, or first dance.
History of the Clarinet
A brief history of the clarinet, famous clarinet players and composers for the clarinet.
A Guide to Guitar Basics for Beginners
What you need to know about guitar for beginners. A step by step guide on guitar basics every beginning guitar player should know. Contains links to relevant resources.
Music Symbols Quiz
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Music Forms/Styles of the Renaissance
Historical events that shaped music forms during the Renaissance.
Music Theory 101 - Clefs, Notes and the Staff
Music theory 101 listing the common notations used in music.
Music of the Classical Period
Musical styles and forms of the Classical period.
Types of Clarinets
The different types of clarinets and their respective descriptions
Understanding Dissonant and Consonant Chords
Explanation on dissonant and consonant chords and how it is constructed.
Music of the Romantic Period
Music forms, styles and composers of the Romantic period.
Profile of Legendary 1920s Blues Singer Bessie...
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Songs from Dr. Suess
Some music resources from Dr. Seuss books.
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 Are Musical Modes and Modal Scales?
Explains what modes are and defines each modal scale.
Fast Facts About Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
He wrote concertos, operas, oratorios, quartets, symphonies and chamber, vocal and choral music. He wrote over 600 compositions.
Profile of Ray Charles
Biographical information on the musician Ray Charles.
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 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.
Major Musical Events, 1900-1960
A timeline of music events during the 20th century.
Glossary of music terms. Definition of the music term lyric.
Famous People Who Play A Music Instrument
A list of famous names in arts, science and sports who play an instrument.

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