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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.
Can You Name the Basic Elements of Music?
Learn more about the 8 basic elements of music such as harmony, rhythm and tempo.
Minor Scales
Explanation on minor scales and how to form them.
The Parts of a Song
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.
Free Piano Sheet Music for Beginners
A vast resource of piano sheet music for beginners compiled from different websites on the internet.
Friendship Songs - Videos, Lyrics and Music...
A list of memorable songs for and about friendships. You can suggest other songs to be included on the list.
Musical Instrument Library
A compilation of musical instrument profiles arranged alphabetically, by type or by the Sachs-Hornbostel System.
Pentatonic Scales
All about the pentatonic scale. Music Education.
The Piano
About the piano, the different types of pianos and their respective descriptions.
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.
Table of Key Signatures
Helpful table of key signatures in major and minor keys.
What You Need to Know About Major Scales
All about major scales. Music Education.
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.
A Beginners Guide to Music History
An introduction to music, a beginners guide to music, its' history and different styles and genres.
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.
Music Instruments for Beginners
Top 10 music instruments for beginners and budding musicians.
Famous Black Musicians
A list of famous black musicians belonging to different periods.
Top 10 Music Instruments for Beginners
Top 10 music instruments for beginners and budding musicians.
Music Forms and Composers
Learn more about the different music forms and how the role of composers changed during the Romantic Period.
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.
Table of Intervals
A handy table that will make it easier for you to determine intervals by counting its distance in half-steps.
Free Violin Sheet Music: 15 Songs for Beginners
A collection of sheet music meant to be played on the violin.
Benefits of Music Education
Benefits of music education and reasons why you should learn to play a musical instrument.
What are major and minor 7ths and how are they...
Defines what are major and minor 7ths and how they are formed.
Wedding Music
A collection of instrumental/classical wedding music you can use for your special day.
Types of Saxophones
The different types of saxophones and their respective descriptions.
Folk Songs for Children
Nineteen of the well-loved children's folks songs, with links to music sheets plus recommended songbooks and CD's.
What is a riff?
: What is a riff? In songs, the lyrical phrase that is repeated and summarizes what the song is about
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.
The history of the violin, important facts and information.
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.
Jazz Musical Instruments
Image gallery of musical instruments used in jazz music.
Beats and Meter
Discusses the different types of meter and the corresponding beats.
Graduation Songs
A list of songs to make your graduation day more memorable.
Types of Flutes
The different types of flutes and their descriptions.
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.
Saxophone History
Saxophone history. About the saxophone and its' history.
Easter Songs
To celebrate Easter, here are some resources to Easter songs kids will love.
Top Flute Brands for Beginners
flutes, top flutes, flute brands, flute beginners, flutists, flautists
Online Music Degrees and Courses
A list of colleges and universities offering online music degrees.
Songs for Mother's Day
A collection of songs to honor that special woman in your life - Mom!
What are modes?
Explains what modes are and defines each modal scale.
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.
What are dominant 7th's and is it the same as a...
Discusses what are dominant 7th's and how are they formed.
Action Songs for Kids
A compilation of action songs for kids.
History of the Trumpet
A timeline of the trumpet's history.
Songs for Earth Day
A collection of songs to celebrate earth day.
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.
How To Invert Triads
Defines the meaning of inversions and how you can easily learn to invert triads in any key.
sus2 and sus4 Chords
Explanation on what are sus2 and sus4 chords as well as how they are formed.
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.
Music Forms of the Classical Period
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The AABA Song Form
Learn the definition and structure of the AABA song form.
The Violin
Information on the different sizes and types of violin.
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.
Movie Musicals for Children
A list of popular musical movies for children.
Sheet Music for Beginners
A growing resource of sheet music for beginners available online.
African Music
Introduction to African music. Music Education.
What Are Diminished and Augmented Triads?
The meaning of diminished and augmented triads and how it is constructed.
Chromatic Scale
All about the chromatic scale. Music Education.
Types of Operas
Description of the different types of operas.
Music of the Romantic Period
Music forms, styles and composers of the Romantic period.
What is a hook?
: What is a hook? "You can't catch a fish when your fishing rod is missing a hook." The same principle
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.
Key Signatures
Meaning and list of key signatures.
The Suite
More information on the suite, specifically the Baroque dance suite.
String Instruments
String instruments are those that produce sound when strummed, plucked or slapped. Here are several profiles of instruments belonging to the string family.
The Conductor
What does a conductor do? Learn more in this article.
Love Songs
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.
Marching Band Instruments
Profiles of musical instruments used in marching bands.
Enduring Love Songs of the 1950s
The 1950s was a decade of many firsts; seat belts were introduced in 1952, Disneyland opened in 1955
Which Comes First, Melody or Lyrics?
When writing a song which comes first, the melody or lyrics? Learn the answer here.
What is a Strophic Song?
More information on the strophic song form.
Music Forms/Styles of the Baroque Period
Explores the various music forms and styles popular during the Baroque period.
History of the "Happy Birthday to You" Song
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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 are Intervals?
Explanation of intervals and the different types of intervals.
The Kodaly Method: A Primer
The Kodaly Method is an approach to music education based on the philosophies of Zoltan Kodaly.
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.
"The Mighty Handful"
Also known as "The Mighty Five," "The Five," "The Russian Five" or “The Mighty Little Heap;" it refers
Images of String Musical Instruments
An image gallery of musical instruments belonging to the string family.
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.
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.
Guitar Method Books for Older Beginners
Top five guitar method books for older beginner's. Books that will help beginning guitarists to learn how to play the guitar.
Piano Method Books for Children - Age 7 and Up
Top piano method books for children age 7 and up.
What Are Natural Notes, Natural Signs and...
Explanation on natural notes, the natural sign and accidentals
How To Form Minor Triads On A Keyboard
How to form minor triads or minor chords on a keyboard.
Parts of the Guitar
Let's look at the different parts of the guitar and the function of each part through this image gallery.
Types of Trumpets
A list of the different types of trumpets.
Famous Quotes by Famous Composers
Top 10 music quotes by famous composers. Inspirational quotes from some of the world's greatest composers.
Clarinet Sheet Music
A collection of sheet music for clarinet beginners.
What is Chamber Music?
Meaning of chamber music and music samples.
Songs About Mothers
Here are several songs where the central theme is about moms. Links to lyrics and music samples are also provided.
Forming Different Chords
A quick reference table on how to form different types of chords that are often played.
"Peter and the Wolf "
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The 8 Best Songs About Fathers
A list of songs to honor that special man - dad!. A collection of songs for Fathers' Day.
Music of the 20th Century - Part 1
A timeline of music events during the 20th century.
Pandora Radio - Free Music App
Pandora Radio is one of the best free music apps for your iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad. learn more why you should consider downloading it.
The Composer
Tips for those wanting to become composers.
Love Quotes from Famous Music Personalities
A collection of love quotes from famous composers, musicians, singers and other music performers.
Parts of the Flute
Covers the main parts of the flute and their descriptions and functions.
TV/Movie Personalities Who Played A Music...
A list of TV/movie personalities who play a musical instrument.
Music Theory 101 - Dotted Notes, Rests, Time...
Music theory 101, musical notation and music symbols.
Guitar 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.
Baroque Music Timeline
A timeline of music events during the Baroque period.
Songs for Spring
To celebrate spring and introduce young children to music, here are several resources to tunes which they can sing to welcome spring.
Piano Books
Piano books for adults to help you learn the basics of playing the piano.
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.
Composers of the Romantic Period
A list of composers during the Romantic Period.
Guide to Piano Brands
With so many piano brands available today, picking one to purchase can be a daunting experience. To guide you on your decision, here are several profiles of popular piano brands. Learn about the company history, awards, models and more.
The Role of Music and Composers
Learn more about the duties and responsibilities of composers during the Baroque and Classical periods, and other pertinent information.
The Music Arranger
Information for and about music arrangers.
Understanding Dissonant and Consonant Chords
Explanation on dissonant and consonant chords and how it is constructed.
Clapping Games for Kids
Several clapping games kids and kids at heart will enjoy playing.
Finding the Right Size of Cello
Helpful guides on finding the right size of cello for you.
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.
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.
Music Events During the Classical Period
A timeline of music events that happened during the Classical period.
Hal Leonard Corporation Profile
Profile of music publisher Hal Leonard Corp. with a special Q&A with its CEO Keith Mardak.
What Is the Circle of Fifths?
Explanation and illustration of the Circle of Fifths.
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?
Constructing Tonic Triads
Definition of tonic triads and how to construct them.
Music of the Classical Period
Musical styles and forms of the Classical period.
Parts of the Saxophone
The parts of the saxophone and their functions.
What Are Harmonic Intervals?
Explanation of harmonic intervals.
Classification of Musical Instruments
The classifications of musical instruments.
How To Form Major Triads On A Keyboard
Tutorial on how to form a major triad on a keyboard.
Composers/Musicians of the Middle Ages
The Middle Ages signifies the beginning of musical notation. Here are some famous musicians during that era.
The different words used to signify tempo in music and their respective meaning.
minuet and trio
Definition of minuet and trio. Music Education.
What are Melodic Intervals?
Explanation on melodic intervals.
Music Education Lesson Plans
A compilation of lesson plans which teaches music theory.
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.
Music of the 20th Century
More information on the music forms, styles and composers of the early 20th century, including Schoenberg, Sibelius, Elgar and Bartok.
Before You Buy Your First Piano
Guidelines on buying a piano. Tips and advice before you buy your first piano.
11 Tips for Practice Time
Things to remember to make practice time more effective.
Careers in Music
A list of possible careers in music.
Music Forms/Styles of the Renaissance
Historical events that shaped music forms during the Renaissance.
What is Plainchant?
The definition and brief history of plainchant.
Summer Music Camp Programs That Your Child Will...
A collection of summer music camps and summer music programs.
What is a Chorus?
Historical background, definition, types and samples of a chorus.
Music Theory 101
Guides to basic music theory every beginning music student should know.
Music Education Lesson Plan
Lesson plans which uses music to reinforce language arts, phonics and reading lessons.
Having Trouble Playing Sharp Notes on Your...
Fingering guides and charts for various types of musical instruments.
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.
Music and Children's TV Shows
A list of excellent tv shows for kids that helps instill the love of music in children.
Music Education Grants
A resource of links to grants for music teachers and music schools.
Parts of a Trumpet
Description and functionc of the parts of a trumpet.
Medieval Music Timeline
Offers a medieval music timeline, a concise timeline of music history during the Medieval or Middle ages.

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