The Incredible Whole Rest
Do your students think that a whole rest always gets 4 beats? If so, they probably get confused when they are asked to add a rest for the entire measure in 3/4 time and not use dotted rests! According to the Oxford Concise Dictionary of Music, “The whole-note rest is used as a whole measure rest, irrespective of the actual time-value of the measure.”
I print out my NoteBoy posters on cardstock and laminate them. Then I place them on the sofa table in my studio for students to read and chuckle before their lesson. Humor has a way of sticking to your memory!
Teachers always ask me who is the note with the red cape and mask who always has a little comment to make. He is Mighty Dot, the super hero who wears black and flies to notes to make them longer. He’s a powerful guy. In my mind he has an accent kind of like Zorro, and he is an expert in rhythm and all things theory related!
If you are not familiar with my NoteBoy posters, check them out. There are NoteBoy posters on all kinds of music theory, such as lead sheet, ledger lines, and chord inversions, and they are all my gift to your music students. My students love them! Let me know if yours do, too!
Roman Numerals Presented by the NoteBoys
I’ve finished another NoteBoy cartoon in my theory series. I made this one simply to explain Roman numerals to students. I discovered a long time ago that some students haven’t heard of Roman numerals, so they don’t get the concept that Roman numerals are simply another way to write a number. Even high school students often don’t know what Arabic numbers are. It makes it hard to explain that inversions use a Roman numeral followed by an Arabic number. I hope this helps explain it to them in a humorous way.
I took Latin, and being kind of a history buff, I thought I’d also put in a few references to Caesar. Maybe some students will read up a little more about the history of the Roman Empire.
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The NoteBoys Explain Ledger Lines
If you are new to this blog, you might not know about the NoteBoys. These little guys are in a series of comics I draw to help students learn a little about music theory.
The NoteBoys think of themselves as actors who teach theory. BlueBoy is very confident and thinks he knows every thing. He’s the fearless leader of the group. RedBoy is the smart, hardworking one, but he is always foiled by BlueBoy. They remain pals anyway. GreenBoy knows a lot more than he thinks he does, but he doesn’t have confidence in himself.
Also appearing every now and then is MightyDot, and the famous PianoGirl.
My students love this series and can’t wait to see what the NoteBoys are up to next.
One teacher told me that she put them all in a binder for students to read before or after lessons. I will often pull them out to explain things because we all know students remember better when they learn through humor. If you want to see the other NoteBoy comics, do a search on the right. The ones explaining chord inversions are very helpful.
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