Pitch and Clef Names
Music is written on a musical staff, which contains 5 lines and 4 spaces. A clef determines where certain pitches are on the staff and then all subsequent pitches can be labeled from there. MusicTheory.net has a great self-paced animated lesson under "The Basics" and then "The Staff, Clefs, and Ledger Lines." To access this great website to reinforce your literacy skills, click HERE.
Students learn to read and play chords on both the piano and the guitar. For class assignments, and for further study, students may need to know the make-up of different chords. For information on chords, click HERE.
In class, students work on labeling, writing, and hearing different intervals. An interval is the distance between two pitches. Aurally identifying musical intervals can be very challenging. The Musical Intervals Tutor is a wonderful online resource that students can use to help. Click on "Listen to Intervals." Here, students can visually look at the intervals they want to hear as well as hear them played. They can listen to them at the same time, or in ascending or descending order. There are also links to YouTube clips of songs where the interval is featured. To access the Musical Intervals Tutor, please click HERE.