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32nd Note Stem Length

32nd Note Stem Length

A 32nd Note Stem Length is an exception to the "1 octave stem length rule". Discover what stem length to use for a 32nd Note and how to draw them correctly.

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Counting Slurs

Counting Slurs

Theory Exercises often ask Students to count the number of slurs in an excerpt. Learn the rules to counting slurs (and the difference between slurs & ties).

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Repeat Sign Dots

Repeat Sign Dots

Repeat Sign Dots can be confusing. Are there rules for the placement of Repeat Sign Dots? Are there different types of Repeat Signs? Find out now!

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Volta Brackets

Volta Brackets

Volta Brackets, or "first and second ending brackets", are used to indicated specific directions when repeating the music. So, how do you use them?

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Analysis Square Bracket

Analysis Square Bracket

The Analysis Square Bracket is an analytical tool used to define a part or phrase. Discover when it is easier to use a Square Bracket instead of a Slur.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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