Noteflight Learn Lesson Resources

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First Composition Exercise

The goal here is to get students familiar with exploring the Noteflight editor, as well as dragging notes in a pre-written rhythmic pattern to create a new melody. This exercise is to get students feeling confident about creating, regardless of their familiarity with music theory or even written sheet music.

“Mock Band” – Composing in Teams

Have students collaborate on a short, simple composition assignment in teams of two, where one composes the melody and the other works on the lyrics. This is a great starter assignment if your students are still getting to know Noteflight; it encourages teamwork and gives a bit of framework so that the burden of creating from scratch isn’t an issue.

If you want your students to explore formatting options for score layout and adjust the size of their lyrics, title, or names, you can watch the video below for tips on how to adjust your text layout settings.

Bach to Basics – Sight-reading a Bach Chorale

Have 4 students sightread or prepare this Bach Chorale for performance in front of the class. If preferred, use Noteflight Premium or Noteflight Learn’s recording ability to have each student record their voice part directly into the score.

This is great for AP Theory or college level classes to reinforce sight-reading and to work on theoretical analysis. You can also create a two part exercise from this score where students initially complete Roman Numeral Analysis in the score, as well as analyze the dominant to tonic resolution voicing.

Creating a lead sheet and chord chart – Exercise 1

Students will gain an understanding of the purpose of a lead sheet and chord charts for use in contemporary music by completing exercises in Noteflight.

This activity is an excellent opportunity for students with little academic training, but good ears (ex. a guitarist who learns pop songs by ear) to work with students that have had good academic training on their instrument, including reading music, but little opportunity to learn contemporary styles and are not accustomed to learning by ear (ex. band and string students)

Creating a lead sheet and chord chart – Exercise 2

Students will gain an understanding of the purpose of a lead sheet and chord charts for use in contemporary music by completing exercises in Noteflight.

This activity is an excellent opportunity for students with little academic training, but good ears (ex. a guitarist who learns pop songs by ear) to work with students that have had good academic training on their instrument, including reading music, but little opportunity to learn contemporary styles and are not accustomed to learning by ear (ex. band and string students)

Creating a lead sheet and chord chart – Exercise 3

Students will gain an understanding of the purpose of a lead sheet and chord charts for use in contemporary music by completing exercises in Noteflight.

This activity is an excellent opportunity for students with little academic training, but good ears (ex. a guitarist who learns pop songs by ear) to work with students that have had good academic training on their instrument, including reading music, but little opportunity to learn contemporary styles and are not accustomed to learning by ear (ex. band and string students)

Creating a lead sheet and chord chart – Exercise 4

Students will gain an understanding of the purpose of a lead sheet and chord charts for use in contemporary music by completing exercises in Noteflight.

This activity is an excellent opportunity for students with little academic training, but good ears (ex. a guitarist who learns pop songs by ear) to work with students that have had good academic training on their instrument, including reading music, but little opportunity to learn contemporary styles and are not accustomed to learning by ear (ex. band and string students)

The Blues Form and Harmony Exercise 1

Students will gain an understanding of the blues form and its variants through harmonic analysis, written work, and performance. Using Noteflight, student musicians will also create their own blues forms for use with their own musical groups.

The Blues Form and Harmony Exercise 2

Students will gain an understanding of the blues form and its variants through harmonic analysis, written work, and performance. Using Noteflight, student musicians will also create their own blues forms for use with their own musical groups.

The Blues Form and Harmony Exercise 3

Students will gain an understanding of the blues form and its variants through harmonic analysis, written work, and performance. Using Noteflight, student musicians will also create their own blues forms for use with their own musical groups.

The Blues Form and Harmony Exercise 4

Students will gain an understanding of the blues form and its variants through harmonic analysis, written work, and performance. Using Noteflight, student musicians will also create their own blues forms for use with their own musical groups.

Active Tones in Jazz Improvisation #1

The goal of these lessons is to help students incorporate active tones in their improvisation. Active tones are an essential part of bebop vocabulary and give a phrase tension and release.

Lesson 1: Introduction and Chords

Sam Spear
Jazz
TheoryWarm Up / Etude
Solo
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Active Tones in Jazz Improvisation #2

The goal of these lessons is to help students incorporate active tones in their improvisation. Active tones are an essential part of bebop vocabulary and give a phrase tension and release.

Lesson #2: Scales

Sam Spear
Jazz
Solo
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Active Tones in Jazz Improvisation #3

The goal of these lessons is to help students incorporate active tones in their improvisation. Active tones are an essential part of bebop vocabulary and give a phrase tension and release.

Lesson #3: Etudes

Sam Spear
Jazz
Solo
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Tritone Resolution in Major Key

Teach students to hear the dissonance of the tritone and how it should resolve in major keys.

Introduction to Figured Bass

Introduce students to triad inversion and how to express them through figured bass.

Tendency Tones

Teach students how notes within a major scale want to resolve. Help students identify stable and unstable tones within a key both aurally and visually.

Quarter Note and Rest Rhythm Practice

Students will improve their counting of quarter note rests and quarter note rhythms.

Students will sight read quarter note rhythms and rests as groups or as individuals to help develop better counting and sight reading skills.

Lesson can be used as a warm-up for any class, students can clap, count, or perform the rhythms on open strings, concert Bflat or percussion instruments one line at a time.
Students can be challenged to perform lines as solos or small groups for prizes.

For extra fun have students play along to a youtube beat (search “rock beat 110 bp) and select one for your ensemble to play along with. This works especially well with beginning band and string players and keeps them playing as a group when they maybe cannot read music notation yet.

Evil Songs, F Natural Practice

This lesson was designed to help beginning string players practice F natural fingering on their D string.
This exercise uses familiar songs and makes them minor or “evil” by having students change one finger.
This exercise can be played as a large group or as a solo. When practiced as a group students will enjoy the fun names and will be able to tell the difference between traditional versions of these songs and the evil versions of these songs.
Can be used as a daily warm up or exercise for string ensembles to practice alternate fingerings. Great for Halloween time also.

String Bowing Workout

A warm up for intermediate string ensembles wishing to work on their bowing styles.
This lesson allows all instruments to practice slurs, staccato, etc, while focusing on the D Major scale.

This lesson is perfect for intermediate strings who wish to work on bowing styles as an ensemble.
Students can work on intonation and uniformity playing as an ensemble.
Can be used in large music classroom or small group instruction.
Can be played together or individually.
Can also be used in small group or one on one lessons.

Note Name Practice, Beginning Strings

Beginning Strings students will work on writing note names under each note and figuring out the names of some familiar folk songs.
Students begin by filling in note names, students can work alone or in small groups.
Once finished with note names, students can practice playing the songs to see if they recognize the songs.
This lesson is perfect right after students have learned the notes in their D Major scale.

This lesson reinforces the notes on the D and A string (G string for basses) and teaches students some beginner folk songs.

Answers to Worksheet
1. Mary Had a Little Lamb or Rolling Along
2. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
3. Hot Cross Buns
4. Jingle Bells
5. Old MacDonald

Rhythm Round Up

Students will practice and improve reading different types of notes.
Whole Notes, whole rests
half notes, half rests,
quarter notes, quarter rests and
eighth notes and eighth rests.
This worksheet can be used with large or small groups. Perfect for a warm up or for reinforcing difficult rhythms and counting.

Blue Scale Melody Composition

The object of this lesson is to help students with an introduction to the Blues and the Blues Scale. While they might not be ready to improvise right away, they can start to try to compose using a basic scale. Students are given a C Blues scale and a blank 12 bar blues with accompaniment. They are to compose a melody over those 12 bars.

Create Parallel and Contrasting Periods

The student will be able to write the consequent phrase of a parallel or contrasting period when given the antecedent.

Question and Answer Worksheet

Students will compose question and answer phrases.

My First Melody

Students will be able to…

Use a set rhythm to compose a four to eight measure melody
Demonstrate dynamics in a composition
Use a tonal center in a composed melody

Solfege Labeling and Free Triad Harmonization

Students will be able to label all solfege tones in F major by single-letter abbreviations. Students will use movable do, as indicated in the annotation. Students will be able to identify octave sol leaps. Finally, students will create original triad harmonizations for the “coffee” round.

Adding a harmonic line

Creating a line in a musical score.

Trumpet Chromatic Exercise

This lesson is for trumpet players trying to learn their chromatic scale. This scale pattern goes up in increments of six notes at a time and goes all the way up and comes back down. This exercise also allows players to practice the scale in the sections that they are having trouble on.

Trumpet High Note Exercise

This is an exercise for beginner to intermediate trumpet players to increase there range. This exercise starts at A and goes up to F. This exercise also allows trumpet players to go past what is shown. They could continue to use this pattern to increase their range.

Trumpet Inverted Long Tones

This warm up consists of long tones that change by half steps. It starts by going down a half step, then up a half step and so on.

Trumpet Articulation

This activity is a trumpet articulation worksheet. This activity works down from whole notes to sixteenth notes. Players should endeavor to play the notes with a good onset and correct duration.