Published on Dec 7, 2016
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Understanding Tuplets

August 7, 2017


Jonathan Curtis 












Originally posted on mr a music place

Whether you will be starting your music teaching career next fall,

are assuming your first ever elementary music position

after previously teaching at another level

or an instrumental program,

or are a seasoned elementary music teacher

who benefits from reminders and

self-challenges (that’s me, by the way),

via What Are The Fundamentals of Teaching Elementary Music? — Music Lessons California

Predictably, the people who think music theory is a waste of time are the ones who’ve either never studied it, or who’ve learned to hate the study of it. Just as predictably, the ones who feel that music theory is a must for anyone who writes or performs music are the ones who’ve got a…

via Music Theory Doesn’t Stunt Creativity: It Fuels It — The Essential Secrets of Songwriting

Over the course of my teaching career, I have had my students do a variety of things under the guise of creating or composing music. Too often, I have expected them to go further with composing than than I had prepared them to go. Part of the the problem for me was that I confused exploration, improvisation, […]

via Understanding How Music Composition Works — mr a music place

This month it is my aim to memorise and internalise all the major scales in an attempt to then learn chords and their intervallic relationships, provide the basis for future development. The first obstacle was the phenomenon, the ‘circle of fifths’. What is this illusive circle and how is it possible to visualise it while […]

via Memorising the Major Scales — nylonrevival


Harmonic Progression

August 16, 2016


This video corresponds with material from chapter 7 in your textbook, which has some very useful diagrams that summarize this information. Please check that out!

0:00 Introduction
1:18 Tonic triads
2:29 Dominant triads
3:52 Supertonic triads
4:50 Root movement by descending fifth
6:11 Submediant triads
7:19 Mediant triads
8:41 Leading tone triads
10:03 Subdominant triads
11:29 Three common exceptions



Background When I started making music at a very young age I had no real idea how music was created. I started around 13 years of age. I gradually learned my way around. Picked up some piano lessons. I learned a lot of classical piano material but I wondered how this was going to help […]

via How To Use The Circle Of Fifths For Electronica Music — Nova Spire

I’ve recently had one of those ridiculously pleasing light bulb moments… I’ve finally found out why, in music, the subdominant is so called. Having begun playing guitar in about 1970 I have always been aware of the tonic-subdominant-dominant ‘three chord trick’ and have probably known them by those names for ever too. I have […]

via The Subdominant — StudioBlend





To write your own scary movie soundtrack or add variation to your composition in a major key you’ll need to know about minor chords. Get the basics here. Source: Discovering Minor Chord Progressions: Minor Scale Basics | Easy Ear Training

via Discovering Minor Chord Progressions: Minor Scale Basics | Easy Ear Training — Libertaria: The Virtual Opera