January 21, 2012

  • Free Music Theory Lapbookupdated

    This weekend, we went to the annual Lollipops Concert Presentation.  We go every year.  The Grand Rapids Ballet and the Grand Rapids Symphony get together and put on a children’s production, and there seems to be a rotation between ‘Hansel & Gretel’, ‘Peter & the Wolf’, and ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, primarily… although one year it was ‘Green Eggs & Ham’.  This year was ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, which I was looking forward to, because the last time they did it, I was sick and sent Brian with my parents and the kids while I laid on the sofa and half-died.  So I hadn’t seen this one, yet!

    Anyhow, it’s wonderful, because the conductor begins by pointing out that the different groups in the orchestra have different colored t-shirts on.  Like the Strings are in blue t-shirts, the woodwinds are green, the percussion is red, the brass are in yellow… like that.  Then he points out how the instruments are grouped, and it’s really wonderfully educational.  And of course the orchestra gets in on the fun, acting like there’s competition between the groups, they wave their instruments and cheer… it’s kewl.  The year they did ‘Ferdinand the Bull’ (Hey!  They did ‘Ferdinand the Bull, too!) they had kids come up with ‘flags’ of red material they passed out and be the parade in the village… Lydia participated, too.

    Anyhow, I wanted to do a lapbook on instruments and their families, which is available already on-line here (LINK), thank goodness.  We’re doing that today, as a recap of what we learned at the symphony.  ((Did I mention tickets are $5 per person, all ages?  For the ballet AND symphony?!  Don’t you wish you lived in my town!?))  I’m so glad there’s already a lapbook out there for that – I don’t have to create one.

    However, there’s a LOT more to music, and I wanted to do a lapbook of musical symbols, notes, solfege… lots of things.  Periods of music.  And I went looking, and the only thing I found were ten pictures of a lapbook someone else did (but never created a file for on-line).  So working off those pictures (and the list of things I wanted in the book, too)… I have created a lapbook for people to download for free.

    Because this baby has SOOOOO many things in it, I have WAY more pictures this time.  Which is a good thing.  And are you liking that it’s green?  Well, holiday lapbooks are pink, and I thought we’d do the arts in green, for a change.

    The cover!

    Page One:  Note values, Clefs, Symbols,
    Solfege System (hand signs/names), and key names

    The Solfege accordion… isn’t that kewl? And then
    part of pg1 (the cover & folded accordion)
    and Page Two at first glance

    The accidentals tri-fold, and lines/spaces booklet.
    The Musical Periods timeline
    has since been colored to make it more friendly.

    I don’t know if I missed anything that belongs in here… I tried to hit them all.  Lemme know if I need to add anything, please.  And I hope that helps someone out along the line!

Comments (8)

  • You might add: if a note is followed by a dot the dot is worth half the note in front of it. We had a discussion of this in voice class and a little young thing corrected me – it’s been awhile since hs so I let it die until I could look it up & I was right. She usually encounters if after a half note which is where it is most commonly found but that does not make it worth only one beat (as she insisted). So that’s my .02 worth. Maybe the hold symbol and the repeat sign but that depends on how involved you want to get.

    I found a book on teaching music theory that was free the day bookmarked it & for sale by the time I got back to it. I downloaded a free version from another site – it cannot be printed but I can reference it. So it’s not as easy as I’d like but it’s free.

  • Free Music Theory book: http://www.gmajormusictheory.org/Fundamentals/workbooks.html

    I know the link says “workbooks”, and it takes you to a page that is just a whole bunch of other links, but they’re all part of “Pathway to Harmony”, which is a FANTASTIC music theory book. The author is..I think he’s a college professor, and it’s well-written. I got the link from HSFotD (one of the few things I got from them. :wink: ), and it was WELL worth the paper and ink to print it. (Somewhere on the website is the entire thing in 1 pdf, but I couldn’t see it this AM.)

    The Dallas Symphony has seating charts for the different music types (Baroque/Classical/Chamber/etc) http://www.dsokids.com/visitthesymphony/seatingchart/default.aspx . They also have other activities (I think – it’s been awhile since I visited the website).

  • Apparently someone linked people to this lapbook yesterday?  Hm.  Well, you’re in luck – I just upgraded from Word 2003 to Word 2010 yesterday, and the notes aren’t on my screen anymore, either.  ((I’d like to have a few words with MicroSoft…)) 

    Long story short, I’ve put up a replacement doc… so if you click the link, it should take you to a newer, better file.

    HOWEVER!  There is no eighth or sixteenth note on Word10… so I put quarter notes in, and you’ll have to draw on your own flags.  I’m sorry – if they were there, I’d use them.  I’ll add this note tomorrow to the actual blog post, so people are sure to see it.  Thanks for the heads up!

  • I have an old version of word and am having trouble downloading this Music Theory lapbook. Help please.

  • Okay, I had an extra 5 minutes, and made the .pdf for you! :high5:

  • :beam: :beam: My Homeschool Archive link! :beam: :beam:


  • @Anna - I am not seeing a PDF. Can you please let me know where I can download it or if you can email it to me.



  • See the darker green button that says “Download here” on it? :vvv:

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