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Writing Time Signatures

Writing Time Signatures

When writing Time Signatures, it is important to not write Fractions!  Discover the difference between writing Time Signatures and writing fractions.

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Writing Accidentals

Writing Accidentals

Let's Make Writing Accidentals Easy using the KISS Method! Learn the proper way of writing (drawing) accidentals using paper & pencil (and not a computer)!

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Music Note Stem Length

Music Note Stem Length

When adding a stem to a notehead, the stem is usually approximately one octave in length. Did you know that there is an exception to the Stem Length Rule?

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Draw C Clef Signs

Draw C Clef Signs

The C Clef Sign is a symbol to Landmark Middle C in 5 different locations on 5 different staves. Learn how to Draw C Clef Signs easily to properly pitch C.

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Writing Bar Lines

Writing Bar Lines

Writing Bar Lines sounds simple, but did you realize that Bar Lines actually have different functions based upon their number and size? Find out more!

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TMTA Convention 2018

TMTA Convention 2018

Why attend the TMTA Convention 2018 in Waco? Because the Texas Music Teachers Association State Convention is an exciting time for learning and sharing ideas. FREE Ultimate Music Theory Showcase on Sat, June 23, 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM in the Bosque Theatre.

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Cadence Bass Notes

Cadence Bass Notes

Cadence Bass Notes - What are the Rules? Do the Bass Notes ascend or descend? What about the Treble Triads? Learn 3 Rules to make writing a Cadence easy.

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Lead Sheet Triads

Lead Sheet Triads

Lead Sheet Triads (those letters above the melody line in modern music) are the new Musical Shorthand. Discover what they mean and learn how to use them.

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No Diminished First

No Diminished First

Ever wonder why there is no Diminished First? Learn why the smallest interval is a Perfect 1 & why a Perfect 1 always changes a semitone to an Augmented 1.

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Summer Theory Lessons

Summer Theory Lessons

Don't have the time or energy to run a Summer Theory Camp? Why not try Summer Theory Drop-In Lessons! This easy and flexible option makes theory FUN!

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Why Show Your Work

Why Show Your Work

Explore 3 reasons why it is important to teach our students to Show Your Work when completing their theory - in their workbooks and on their exams.

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Why Use Practice Exams

Why Use Practice Exams

Stanford University Studies prove it and so do Ultimate Music Theory Exam Results - when Students use Practice Exams to prepare for exams, they do better!

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Music Theory Exam Games

Music Theory Exam Games

Playing Games makes learning more fun. Playing Music Theory Exam Games helps students prepare for exams and have fun learning and reviewing concepts easily.

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Root Position Triad

Root Position Triad

Teaching the concept of a Root Position Triad using the song "Do You Wanna Build a Snowman" attaches a familiar context (snowman) with a new music concept.

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Prep Music Theory Games

Prep Music Theory Games

Learn Faster & Have Fun - Prep Music Theory Games enhance your learning. Get the matching beginner Prep 1 & Prep 2 Music Theory Books and Free Lesson Plans!

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Naming tied notes

Naming tied notes

When Naming Tied Notes, do you name the note for every notehead or do you only name the note each time it is played? Learn the rule for naming tied notes!

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Music Theory Camp

Music Theory Camp

Guest blogger Kandice Kreutner Ilgner shares how she turned the Summer Lesson draught into Summer Theory Camp using the Ultimate Music Theory Lesson Plans.

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UMT Testimonial

UMT Testimonial

Hannah Brackenbury shares her UMT Testimonial on how she discovered Ultimate Music Theory, the Online Certification Course and her first Theory Student.

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Preparatory Tempo Marks

Preparatory Tempo Marks

Preparatory Tempo Marks, introduced in Prep 1 Rudiments, provide students with a foundation for understanding speed. Here are 6 Tips to remember the terms.

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Music Italian Terms

Music Italian Terms

In the Ultimate Music Theory Certification Course, teachers have fun with the Music Italian Terms. Enjoy reading Kamara Hennessey's "Italian Adventure"!

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CFMTA 2015 Vancouver

CFMTA 2015 Vancouver

CFMTA 2015 Vancouver Convention - UMT Author Glory St. Germain presents 9 Mnemonic Secrets! Find out WHAT and WHY you need to use them in your teaching.

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Circle How You Feel

Circle How You Feel

How do you know how others feel? Use "Circle How You Feel" to help students identify how they (and you) are feeling at the beginning and end of a lesson.

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2-4 or 4-8 Time

2-4 or 4-8 Time

When adding a Time Signature, how can you tell whether it is 2-4 or 4-8 time? Can you always use either Time Signature? Here are some UMT Tips to guide you.

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Whole Rest in 3/2 Time

Whole Rest in 3/2 Time

In 3/2 Time, a Whole Rest can equal 3 beats of silence. It can also equal 2 beats of silence. Why? Because the Whole Rest in 3/2 Time has 2 functions.

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Whole Rest in 2/4 Time

Whole Rest in 2/4 Time

Have you or your students ever wondered why you must use a Whole Rest in 2/4 Time for a full measure of silence? Learn why you cannot use a Half Rest.

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Whole Rest in 4/2 Time

Whole Rest in 4/2 Time

A Whole Rest fills an entire measure of silence in any Time Signature except 4/2 Time. Learn 3 Tips on how to use a Breve Rest and a Whole Rest in 4/2 Time.

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Improvising with Triads

Improvising with Triads

Inspiring students to Improvise is as easy as opening your UMT Basic Rudiments Theory Book to Page 86! Teach Improvising with Triads in 3 simple, fun steps.

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Drawing Quarter Rests

Drawing Quarter Rests

Instructions for Drawing Quarter Rests in 4 easy steps - Ultimate Music Theory free downloadable Drawing Quarter Rests Worksheet to use with your students.

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UMT-ALS Theory Challenge

UMT-ALS Theory Challenge

Want to inspire students to do theory and raise money for a special cause? Learn how to hold a Theory Challenge. Students complete theory & support charity.

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Basic Theory Game Pack

Basic Theory Game Pack

The Basic Theory Game Pack features 6 games that can be played 6 ways = 36 games in one Game Pack. Laminated, convenient and a must for all Music Teachers.

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Slap That Rhythm

Slap That Rhythm

Slap That Rhythm Game - Use the Free Flashcards in each workbook to provide students with a solid foundation in Theory AND in Ear Training.

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15 Minute Theory Lesson

15 Minute Theory Lesson

15 Minute Theory Lesson - When Teaching Theory, how can you cover all the required material, make it relevant AND prepare your students for exams in 15 Min.

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The Power of Influence

The Power of Influence

Influence is powerful. Learn how to teach effectively using the two kinds of influence - Positive Influence and Negative Influence. What motivates you?

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Music Theory Games

Music Theory Games

The UMT Basic Theory Games Pack includes 6 Individual Laminated Music Theory Games that are the perfect 9 X 12 size. Plus 2 Free Posters - Guide and Chart

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