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The Basic Elements of Music
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Explanations (suitable for any age) of the basic elements of music, with suggested activities for introducing the concepts to children at early elementary school level.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Elementary Education
Material Type:
Full Course
Reading
Syllabus
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
Connexions
Author:
Catherine Schmidt-Jones
Date Added:
02/04/2005
Beginning Guitar
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A beginning guitar course, meant for individual or small-group lessons with an experienced instructor. After completing this course, the student should be ready to begin serious study in any guitar style.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Full Course
Homework/Assignment
Lesson Plan
Reading
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
Connexions
Author:
Schmidt-Jones, Catherine
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Caribbean Music: Calypso and Found Percussion
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For students in grades 2-7, an introduction to a musical tradition from the West Indian island of Trinidad, with a song to learn and related activities to do.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Reading
Syllabus
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
Connexions
Author:
Catherine Schmidt-Jones
Date Added:
12/15/2005
Classical Music and the Music of the Classical Era
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For those new to music history, a discussion of the meaning of the term "classical music", and an introduction to the Western art music of the second half of the eighteenth century.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
Connexions
Author:
Schmidt-Jones, Catherine
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Germanic Music - Folk Songs
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This module, intended for grades 4-8, introduces students to Germanic folk music and culture using folk songs that celebrate being outdoors. Recommended for springtime.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Reading
Syllabus
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
Connexions
Author:
Catherine Schmidt-Jones
Date Added:
05/23/2005
A Guide to Great Home Music Practice
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Music teachers, directors, and band mates can be very helpful when you are trying to become a better musician, but they cannot make you a better musician. They can only tell you how to improve. In fact, many developing musicians make great strides with no guidance from others, simply by practicing well and often.
Your lesson time is a time for showing your teacher how you are doing at the moment, and getting advice on what to work on next, and how to work on it. You don't really have time to practice or improve during your lesson, only to get the insight into how to improve. Your group rehearsals (band, orchestra, choir) are mainly for learning repertoire and improving the ability of the group to play together. Again, there is no time for you to actually work on improving your skills as a musician. Performances are for letting everyone enjoy the progress you have made. You should enjoy them, too, and not have to be worried about the technical details of the music. None of these times are ideal for actually making progress, so even if you show up for every lesson, rehearsal, and performance, you will have no time to improve! Individual music practice is absolutely necessary if you want to become a better musician. If your opportunities to work with teachers or be in groups is limited, it is even more important to practice well and often.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Performing Arts
Film and Music Production
Material Type:
Reading
Syllabus
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
Connexions
Author:
Catherine Schmidt-Jones
Date Added:
08/25/2004
Guitars
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No Strings Attached
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The guitar is a very versatile instrument that is popular in many different styles of music. It comes in several varieties that have important similarities, although they can sound very different.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Reading
Syllabus
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
Connexions
Author:
Catherine Schmidt-Jones
Date Added:
04/04/2006
Harmonic Series
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The harmonic series is the key to understanding not only harmonics, but also timbre and the basic functioning of many musical instruments.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Reading
Syllabus
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
Connexions
Author:
Catherine Schmidt-Jones
Date Added:
01/08/2007
Listening to Balinese Gamelan: A Beginners' Guide
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For the Westerner with some knowledge of Western music theory, but none of Balinese gamelan, an introduction to the basic elements of the music, with some suggestions for informed listening.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Reading
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
Connexions
Author:
Schmidt-Jones, Catherine
Date Added:
02/16/2011