Chromatic scale in 24” + ‘The summer’ by Vivaldi

This next video is about the chromatic scale, and is accompanied by the ‘Presto’ from ‘The summer’ by Vivaldi ⭐️


The staff and its elements + J.S.Bach

Let’s do a small review on the staff and its elements with the next video. It is in spanish and english and lasts only 30 seconds. The music is the ‘Badinerie‘ from the Suite n°2 BWV 1067 by Johann Sebastian Bach❤️

DIB exercises: sight identification of the notes on the staff

Exercises to do in class with interactive whiteboard (PDI), also to practice the recognition of notes at home.

In our sessions, we can use it as ‘warm up’ or ‘start of session’, which tells us in the matter and we review the notes. It is important that you practice regularly to acquire agility in reading. The platform shows us ur percentage of accuracy, so students can follow their our progress. At the beginning we can call the students two by two until they get used to the activity and become confident.

Next, you have the links to the exercises ordered progressively less to more number of notes until you reach the high ‘mi’.

  1. DO MI SOLGif nota sol.gif
  5. FA LA DO’
  7. DO’ RE’ MI’
  9. FA LA DO’ MI’
  10. LA SI DO’ RE’ MI’
  11. DO MI SOL DO’ MI’

Three popular songs for flute with score and karaoke

Good afternoon!🌼 Today I bring three scores for flute/ recorder with karaoke, these are three well-known popular children’s songs: Twinkle, twinkle, little star, Debajo un botón, and Frère Jacques. This material will allow us to work:

  • the natural notes on the flute
  • the scale of C major
  • the Canon
  • the musical form (question – answer)
  • the pulse
  • the improvisation

In the audio you will only listen to the accompaniment, I do it so that the students can improvise over it. At first you can limit yourself to a couple of notes (do, sol), then go introducing more or even get to make variations on the main melody. It would be ideal for students to work with these audios at home.

You will find below a playlist with the videos and the links to the full scores.

Campanita del lugar. Repentizando.

Debajo un botón.Repentizando

Frère Jacquez (the numbers are the startings to play in canon)

Tone and semitone: video explanation

Good morning!🌸 Today I come with a video in which I show the simplest way, in my opinion, to explain the concepts of tone and semitone to our high school students. Being an abstract concept for them, we will rely on the visual. After watching the video, we can propose the design of musicgrams so that each student can represent them in the way that best understands them. Then, in the following sessions, we will perform exercises to establish the knowledge.

Basic concepts:

  • Interval: difference in height (frequency: Hz), between one note and another.
  • Halftone: smallest of the intervals that can be between two consecutive notes, such as between Mi and Fa.
  • Tone: interval equivalent to two semitones. It also occurs between consecutive notes, such as Do and Re.

Sight identification of D, F, G, A and B

Today I present an online exercise to perform in the DIB or from the student’s computer. We can do it in class and recommend it as a homework exercise. The activity is designed on the web Music Theory, and consists of recognizing the notes D, F, G, A and B on the staff. The ideal would be to work it in the same session in which we do the IV lesson of the Method for flute.

This website is fantastic because it allows us to design our own exercises, also creating a permanent link so we can access them whenever we want.

I have customized the exercise according to my objectives, using the customization tools that the page offers us (keys, tessitura, nomenclature …). This option allows us to graduate much learning and practice in a pleasant way the visual and auditory recognition of the notes, thus achieving a really significant learning.

To go to the exercise, click on the image:

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Recorder method with accompaniment IV (D,F,G,A,B)

Method for recorder with accompaniment 🙂

Today I present you a video that will help students practice and reading the notes D, F, G, A and B. The accompaniment brings an additional motivation, adding harmony and rhythm to the melody and making it more attractive, and it also helps our students to get used to follow a certain beat. As every other exercise I bring you, is thought to be played as a canon. You can also use this base to improvise with these notes.

First lesson

Second lesson

Third lesson

Ideas to work with MuseScore

MuseScore is a music notation program for Linux, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. The program has a clean user interface, with a quick entry of notes in an edition similar to Finale and Sibelius. Ai un galan.png

Didactic utility

Musescore can be very useful for music teachers. Some of the didactic materials that can be developed are:

transcriptions of scores to make them simpler or adapt them to classroom instruments

– musical language exercises

– own compositions adapted to the level of the students

– progressive lessons for recorder.

But in addition, we can combine Musescore with other programs such as Garage Band and iMovie to create audiovisual material:

Audiovisual flute method. Screenshots of the score by pieces and then insert them into a video with accompaniment of chords as a flute karaoke.

Folk music research. The students ask their relatives for songs from their childhood. Then, with the help of the teacher, they take out the notes and write them, together with the lyrics, in Musescore. As in the previous activity, they take screenshots and create a video including the audio of their recorded voice singing the song.

Composition. According to what the students have worked, they can be given instructions to compose pieces with certain characteristics, for example:

Level 1: melody of 8 measures using C, E, G, quarter note and half note..
Level 2: melody of 16 measures using G, B, D, #F, dotted notes.
Level 3: melody with accompaniment of C and G chords, etc.
Level 4: create accompaniment of chords for Happy birthday and download mp3. Then make video with sectioned score and accompaniment audio.