I recently made some handouts for the changes in the TMTA theory test. The first one here is for 3rd grade. The other two are some big changes in the 4th grade test. These basic theory concepts can be used for all music students, even if they don’t take a formal theory test. Click on the link below the image to print the tests. These can also be used on an iPad. Let me know if you find any mistakes!
Theory Stars New in the Texas Theory Test for Grade 4
Whole Step Half Step Stars
I almost didn’t print this new game, not because it is embarrassingly simple since that has never stopped me before. No, the problem is that in the easy version, the player who goes first always wins. But then I remembered that the reason we play these games is to reinforce music theory in a hands-on way, not to learn a life lesson. 🙂
Besides, as I played it with my younger students, I didn’t tell them and they didn’t notice. If they did, it didn’t bother them because I always let them go first anyway.
When I played the harder version with my older students, we usually tied, and that is fine, too.
I also want to share how I made the printed dominoes strong and sturdy so they will last a long time.
So here is my version of Rhythm Dominoes, a simple way to reinforce or even teach, rhythmic values in 4/4 meter.
- Page one is for early elementary and the second page is for late elementary.
- White card stock
- Two different colors of colored card stock
- Glue Stick (I used Elmer’s Xtreme®)
- Strong scissors
- Optional: Laminating film
- Use sturdy card stock to print the page you plan to use.
- Spread glue on the entire back of the printable. I used a liberal amount of glue stick. Do not leave any spots glue-free.
- Carefully glue the printed page to a blank sheet of colored card stock.
- Laminate the pages that are glued together and cut out the dominoes.
- Repeat with the second level of the printed page, using a different color of card stock to help you keep the levels separate.
- If you want to use this in group lessons, consider printing 2 pages of each level.
- Mix up the dominoes and divide them between the players.
- The youngest player goes first and places a double domino on the table.
- The second player places a matching domino next to the domino on the table, connecting the two. Players may match with a note, number, or rhythm pattern.
- Two numbers (inside the colored circles) cannot be matched together.
- If a player doesn’t have a match, he/she skips a turn.
- Continue taking turns placing dominoes on the table, snaking them around the table.
- The first player to run out of dominoes is the winner. If neither player has a match, the player with the fewest remaining dominoes is the winner.
- You can certainly make up your own rules to this game. Variations include passing out 5 dominoes to each player and putting the remainder in a pile to draw if the player does not have a match.
- Students will learn to quickly identify rhythm patterns and notes of equal value in 4/4 meter.
- Students will match rhythmic note values in 4/4 meter.
Candy Bar Lines
Here is another worksheet with the “Summer Treats” theme. This is for a student who has learned eighth notes and needs some reinforcement in counting. I also made a black and white version that students can color, but this time it’s on the second page of the file. If you are not sure how to print one page from a multi page PDF document, check out my FAQ for a tutorial.
I also have in my files some more add the bar lines worksheets with dotted notes and sixteenth notes that I will add when I have time.
On my worksheet post last week I have links to all the Summer Treats material I’ve posted so far. Here is the link. I also have a UK page.
I thought I’d give this a try on my iPad to show you how it looks.
Last week I posted beginning levels and today I am posting a set of 3 more levels. As you can see, the difficulty increases quite a bit. The first page reviews eighth notes and rests. The second page adds 16th notes and rests. Level 6 adds the triplet, more 16th note patterns, and 6/8 time signatures. To print these free worksheets, click on the link above.
This set correlates to grades 4, 5, and 6 of the TMTA (Texas Music Teacher Association) theory test. In most method books these concepts are in levels 2B through 4 or 5. Please let me know immediately if you see any typos or mistakes! My proofreading skills are pretty poor!
review late elementary through early intermediate rhythm concepts
discover the rhythm knowledge of a transfer student
use with band or orchestra students who often learn rhythm concepts faster than piano students
test the knowledge of piano students who are moving up into a higher level method book
review concepts for the theory test or similar exams
Print these worksheets from my website
If desired, insert them into clear sheet protectors and use with dry erase markers
If you would be interested in a series of reviews for another aspect of music study, such as vocabulary or note reading, please leave a comment!