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Christmas Music Quiz
Take this Christmas Music Quiz - Test Your Knowledge of Christmas Music.
Where Did Christmas Carols Come From?
Brief history of how Christmas carols originated.
Can You Name the Basic Elements of Music?
Learn more about the 8 basic elements of music such as harmony, rhythm and tempo.
More Christmas Music Trivia
More Christmas Music Trivia Test Your Knowledge We have all heard and sung Christmas songs since we were
Santa Clause is Comin’ To Town
Title: "Santa Clause is Comin’ To Town" Author: This carol was the result of musician John Frederick
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.
Jingle Bells
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The Many Different Types of Pianos
About the piano, the different types of pianos and their respective descriptions.
Christmas Sheet Music for Piano
A compilation of Christmas sheet music for guitar and piano.
All About Minor Scales
Explanation on minor scales and how to form them.
Little Drummer Boy
Title of the Song: "Little Drummer Boy" was originally titled "Carol of the Drums" because of the repeating
Free Piano Sheet Music for Beginners
A vast resource of piano sheet music for beginners compiled from different websites on the internet.
A List of Musical Instruments Arranged...
A compilation of musical instrument profiles arranged alphabetically, by type or by the Sachs-Hornbostel System.
Gather the Family with Joyous Christmas Sheet...
A list of Christmas piano sheet music for kids.
Top 10 Music Instruments for Beginners
Top 10 music instruments for beginners and budding musicians.
What is Kwanzaa?
Kwanzaa history, custom and traditions. Brief history of Kwanzaa.
Carol of the Bells
Title: Carol of the Bells, originally titled Shchedryk .Author: Composed by Mykola Dmytrovych Leontovych
Quick Table of Key Signatures
Helpful table of key signatures in major and minor keys.
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 Pentatonic Scale?
All about the pentatonic scale. Music Education.
Most Famous Composers of the Romantic Period
A list of composers during the Romantic Period.
Joy to the World
Title: Joy to the World Author: The lyrics was written by Isaac Watts (1674-1748), also known as the
The Different Types of Flutes
The different types of flutes and their descriptions.
Holiday Gift Ideas for Musicians
What gift to get for the musician in your life? You know, the cranky, persnickety one you know, who hates everything? Here are some ideas.
The Many Types of Saxophones
The different types of saxophones and their respective descriptions.
Frosty the Snowman
All about our favorite snowman - Frosty.
O Come All Ye Faithful
Title: O Come All Ye Faithful Author: Also known in Latin as "Adeste Fidelis," this Christmas carol is
Jazz Musical Instruments
Image gallery of musical instruments used in jazz music.
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.
What’s the Right Violin for You?
Information on the different sizes and types of violin.
Christmas Sheet Music for the Saxophone
A collection of free Christmas sheet music for the saxophone.
Profile of Nat King Cole
More information on singer Nat King Cole.
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.
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.
White Christmas
Title: "White Christmas" Author: Thw words and melody of this Christmas ballad was written by Irving
When Was the Saxophone Invented?
Saxophone history. About the saxophone and its' history.
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.
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.
Inside Miley Cyrus's "Wrecking Ball"
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Learn the Long and Rich History of the Trumpet
A timeline of the trumpet's history.
A Beginners Guide to Music History
An introduction to music, a beginners guide to music, its' history and different styles and genres.
What Is a Riff?
Definition of the word. Music Education.
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.
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.
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.
Let It Snow
Title: "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow" or simply "Let It Snow" Author: This Christmas song was
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Title of the Song : Hark the Herald Angels Sing Author: Charles Wesley (1707-1788), younger brother of
15 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
Teach Students About Famous Black Musicians
A list of famous black musicians belonging to different periods.
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.
Everything You Need to Know About Marching Band...
Profiles of musical instruments used in marching bands.
What You Need to Know About Major Scales
All about major scales. Music Education.
Silent Night
More information on one of the most beloved Christmas carol, Silent Night.
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.
Music of the Romantic Period
Music forms, styles and composers of the Romantic period.
Key Signatures
Meaning and list of key signatures.
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.
What Child Is This?
Title : "What Child Is This," also known as "Greensleeves." Author : The words of this song was written
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.
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.
Christmas Sheet Music for the Clarinet
A list of Christmas sheet music for the clarinet.
What Are the Major and Minor 7th Chords?
Defines what are major and minor 7ths and how they are formed.
15 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.
Understand Beats and Meter
Discusses the different types of meter and the corresponding beats.
15 Essential Love Songs of the 1940s
Take a trip down memory lane and relive the songs of the past with these beautiful love songs from the 1940s.
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.
Parts of the Guitar
Let's look at the different parts of the guitar and the function of each part through this image gallery.
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.
A Beginner's Guide to the Opera
Description of the different types of operas.
Music Styles
More information on various music genres, forms and styles.
Free Violin Sheet Music: 15 Songs for Beginners
A collection of sheet music meant to be played on the violin.
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.
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
Title: It Came Upon A Midnight Clear. Author: Written by Edmund Hamilton Sears (1810-1876) who was also
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.
The Kodaly Method: A Primer
The Kodaly Method is an approach to music education based on the philosophies of Zoltan Kodaly.
What Are the Chromatic Scales for Different...
All about the chromatic scale. Music Education.
Music Forms of the Classical Period
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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.
5 Reasons to Learn a Musical Instrument
Benefits of music education and reasons why you should learn to play a musical instrument.
O Little Town of Bethlehem
Title: O Little Town of Bethlehem Author: In 1865, Phillips Brooks (1835-1893), an Episcopal clergyman,
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.
Nut and Neck
Let's look at the different parts of the guitar and the function of each part through this image gallery. Page 3.
What Were the Music Forms and Styles of the...
Explores the various music forms and styles popular during the Baroque period.
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.
Where Beginners Can Find Sheet Music
A growing resource of sheet music for beginners available online.
Are the Dominant 7ths and the Major 7th Chord...
Discusses what are dominant 7th's and how are they formed.
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.
Angels We Have Heard on High
Title: Original French title " Les Anges dans nos Campagnes "; English title "Angels We Have Heard on
We Three Kings
Title: We Three Kings Author: Written by Rev. John Henry Hopkins (1820-1891) in 1857, he wrote both the
Silver Bells
Title ; "Silver Bells" Author; This Christmas song is a collaboration between composer Jay Livingston
Christmas Sheet Music for Flute and Violin
A compilation of free Christmas sheet music for flute and violin.
Types of Trumpets
A list of the different types of trumpets.
What Is the AABA Song Form?
Learn the definition and structure of the AABA song form.
What Are Musical Modes and Modal Scales?
Explains what modes are and defines each modal scale.
11 Popular String Instruments to Strum, Pluck,...
String instruments are those that produce sound when strummed, plucked or slapped. Here are several profiles of instruments belonging to the string family.
Having Trouble Playing Sharp Notes on Your...
Fingering guides and charts for various types of musical instruments.
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 Diminished and Augmented Triads?
The meaning of diminished and augmented triads and how it is constructed.
Classification of Musical Instruments
The classifications of musical instruments.
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 is a hook?
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Learn the Parts of the Saxophone
The parts of the saxophone and their functions.
What to Know About Online Music Courses
A list of colleges and universities offering online music degrees.
Images of String Musical Instruments
An image gallery of musical instruments belonging to the string family.
What Are Harmonic Intervals?
Explanation of harmonic intervals.
The Body
Let's look at the different parts of the guitar and the function of each part through this image gallery. Page 5.
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.
What to Know About the Baroque Dance Suite
More information on the suite, specifically the Baroque dance suite.
Music of the Classical Period
Musical styles and forms of the Classical period.
What is a Strophic Song?
More information on the strophic song form.
Music Symbols Quiz
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O Holy Night
Title: "O Holy Night," also known as Minuit, Chrétiens (Midnight, Christians) or Cantique de Noël . Author:
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.
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.
Can You Name the Parts of the Trumpet?
Description and functions of the parts of a trumpet.
The Most Important Music Events of the...
A timeline of music events that happened during the Classical period.
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.
What is Chamber Music?
Meaning of chamber music and music samples.
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:
What are Melodic Intervals?
Explanation on melodic intervals.
What is Plainchant?
The definition and brief history of plainchant.
12 Great Movie Musicals for Children
A list of popular musical movies for children.
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.
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.
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.
How To Invert Triads
Defines the meaning of inversions and how you can easily learn to invert triads in any key.
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.
What is Hanukkah?
More information on Hanukkah, historical facts, related songs and more.
3 Fun Action Songs for Kids
A compilation of action songs for kids.
Hanerot Hallalu
More information on the Hnaukkah song Hanerot Hallalu
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.
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.
Why Study Classical Piano?
Is studying classical piano still relevant? Here's a story relayed by Rhoda Forte of the experience of one of her students, which convinced him that it was worth it.
Which Comes First, Melody or Lyrics?
When writing a song which comes first, the melody or lyrics? Learn the answer here.
History of the "Happy Birthday to You" Song
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Clarinet Sheet Music
A collection of sheet music for clarinet beginners.
Maoz Tzur
Title of the Song: "Maoz Tzur" which means "Rock of Ages." It's a Hebrew Hanukkah song written hundreds
Soundhole and Pick Guard
Let's look at the different parts of the guitar and the function of each part through this image gallery. Page 6.
Christmas and New Year Sheet Music
A collection of free Christmas and New Year sheet music for various instruments.
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 Composer
Tips for those wanting to become composers.
Types of Clarinets
The different types of clarinets and their respective descriptions
My Dreidel
More information about this Jewish song.
Medieval Music Timeline
Offers a medieval music timeline, a concise timeline of music history during the Medieval or Middle ages.
What Is the Role of a Conductor?
What does a conductor do? Learn more in this article.
Profile of Franz Schubert
A concise biography of the Romantic composer Franz Schubert.
What is Choral Music?
Meaning and music samples of choral music.
minuet and trio
Definition of minuet and trio. Music Education.
Piano Method Books for Children - Age 7 and Up
Top piano method books for children age 7 and up.
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