(formerly Instant Print Music Lessons)
Mrs ___________Your Name Here_________, Can we do a treasure island game today?
This is what you are likely to hear from your music class once you´ve introduced them to these “treasure island games”.
In Treasure Island Games you´ll have twenty different handouts that all do essentially the same activity – finding the answer to a hidden trivia question from a “map” of letters like this:
The trivia questions are all interesting tid-bits of information which are related to music, but that the students are unlikely to know straight away. If they do there is no problem – they will still need to complete the exercise to confirm that they are right!
Using the theory sheet the students will have to complete the questions to get the directions and the number of steps to take on the “map”, to get each letter of the of the answer
The clever part is that each set is different and requires different theoretical knowledge. There are five different “sets”, and each set has four “levels” with different concepts covered.
Here is what is covered within each set:
Level 1 – Doing simple “beat sums”, counting the number of crotchet beats in a phrase and identifying notes on the treble stave
Level 2 – Completing the barlines in a phrase, and naming simple Major Key Signatures
Level 3 – Completing Bars with rests, and naming Minor Key Signatures
Level 4 – Working out the time signature and completing bars, and then naming scales (simple Major or Minor scales)
Set One covers basic information that most junior high music programs require. Being able to identify Key signatures is an important concept, as is knowing the correct number of bars in a phrase.
Even the most inexperienced students should be able to do Set 1, Level 1 after only a few lessons. Level 3 and 4 is more suited to slightly more experienced students, who know about Key signatures and scales.
In All the sets in Treasure Island Games the same “map” is used for each of the four levels. It doesn’t matter if your class does one sheet from the set, or all four!
Level 1 – counting the number of a basic interval, and identifying one of the notes
Level 2 – Counting the number of a basic interval, and identifying its Key Signature
Level 3 – working out an interval and identifying its key
Level 4 – Working out an interval and its quality (major, minor, perfect)
Many students struggle being able to know the interval between two notes, and this is an essential skill before attempting intervals as an aural activity. The only thing that is going to help them is practice, practice, practice, and that is what Set 2 of this module achieves. If your students complete all four levels of this set then you can be confident of their knowledge of intervals.
In each set the four levels range from easy to moderately advanced, so there is a worksheet suitable for most classes at a Junior High School level.
Level 1 – Counting the number of TIES within a short melody, and identifying its final note
Level 2 – Counting the number of SLURS within a short melody and identifying its final note
Level 3 – Counting the number of SEMITONES within a melody and identifying its KEY
Level 4 – Counting the number of TONES within a melody and identifying its KEY
TIES and SLURS! How many students get confused between them! How silly to have a musical notation system that has the same symbol ( a curved line) for two different functions!
We can´t change the musical system that has been used for hundreds of years, but we can find a new way of helping children to understand the difference, and that is what level 1 and 2 of this series will do.
Level 3 and 4 are far more advanced – in these activities students identify the tones and semitones within a melody, taking note of the key signature. These are probably the most advanced of any within this module. I even got some of these wrong during our testing procedures! If your students are getting over-confident these ones will test them out!
This module of theory sheets is also ideal to give to individual theory students to support their work in Intervals, Scales and Melody. It will break up the monotony of the theory book, and give the theory student something exciting to look forward to!
Scales and technical names – How BORING!
Not with this set of Handouts!
Whether you like it or not – its still important for students to KNOW the scale technical names (like dominant, subdominant etc) How else as musicians are they going to know what to play when another musician tells them to play a Dominant 7th chord?
They might be outdated terms, but in the opinion of the majority of music teachers I´ve talked to they are still important.
This set also addresses a major issue with theory examinations – writing scales with accidentals OR key signatures. When sitting exams countless students have been tricked and got wrong answers because they didn´t read the question correctly! These worksheets cleverly address this!
Level 1 – Adding a Clef and Key signature to a given scale, then naming the scales leading note.
Level 2 – Adding a Clef and Accidental to a given scale, then naming the scales dominant note.
Level 3 – Writing a two octave scale with accidentals (major and harmonic minor only), and then naming the mediant.
Level 4 – Writing a one octave scale (major and natural minor), and then naming the subdominant note.
This last set of worksheets in “Music Theory Fun Sheets” involves an activity where the class must listen to aural examples. As the teacher YOU are in control of how you present it to the class…. read on!
Q. How much practice does your music class need with recognizing intervals aurally?
A. As much as they can get!
This set requires your students to use their EARS as well as their brains!
There is a teacher resource included that allows you to play a CD to the class and they will have to identify the interval played, and if they get it right then they´ll be able to find the awnser to the trivia question – just like all the others!
Here is the intervals covered:
Level 1 – Perfect 4th, 5th, Octave, Major 3rd
Level 2 – Major 2nd 3rd, 6th and 7th, Perfect 4th, 5th and Octave
Level 3 – Major and Minor 2nd, 3rd, 6th and 7th, Perfect 4th, 5th and Octave
Level 4 – All of the above, plus the tritone.
Along with the purchase of Module 1 “Treasure Island Games” you get a set of MP3 files which match these four levels exactly. This way you can simply burn the files to CD, and you can give the CD to your relief teacher. You don´t even need to be there!!!
This will give you the complete program as an easy download, so you can get started with it straight away.