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Metropolitan Opera Calendars
Metropolitan Opera Calendars

Maestro Calendar
Maestro Calendar

Guitar Chord Daily Calendars
Guitar Chord Daily Calendars


Discovering Orff: A Curriculum for Music Teachers
Discovering Orff: A Curriculum for Music Teachers

Complete Idiot's Guide to Music Theory
Complete Idiot's Guide to Music Theory

All You Need to Know About the Music Business
All You Need to Know About the Music Business

The Inner Game of Music
The Inner Game of Music

My First Book of Classical Music
My First Book of Classical Music

Harmonograph: A Visual Guide to the Mathematics
of Music

Ultimate Christms Music Companion Fact Book
Ultimate Christmas Music Companion Fact Book

• more Christmas resources


Classical Music Terms Knowledge Cards
Classical Music Terms

Great Composers Knowledge Cards
Great Composers

Teacher's Best - The Creative Process

Musicology, Music Educational Posters, Art Prints and Charts
for the music classroom and home schoolers, home, office, and studio.

MUSIC | art | dance < social studies

• pitch - frequency of a sound
• melody / tune - changing pitch and duration through time (horizontal)
• harmony - chords, multiple pitch simultaneously (vertical)
• rhythm - patterns of duration
• tempo - pace or speed
• meter - measure of stressed and unstressed beats
• sonic - sound
• timbre - quality of sound
• articulation, dynamics

Music is human expression using elements of sound and silence to communicate, entertain and/or celebrate. Music predates the written word, and possibly even language.

Music Quote poster
“Music express that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.”

~Victor Hugo

Each environment provided its own birdsongs and animals sounds that influenced the sounds humans would recreate, and then call music.

The quality and performance of music is valued by the culture and social context that gives rise to the music.

What is pleasing and fulfilling to one culture and time may be harsh and disturbing to another.

The study of music, in discerning broad styles and genres, gives evidence of the meeting of civilzations and societies.

• “Music can noble hits impart/ Engender fury, kindle love/ With unsuspected eloquence can move/ And manage all the man with secret art.” Joseph Addison
• “I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than of cherries, and very frankly give them fruit for their songs.” ~ Joseph Addison
• “Music I heard with you was more than music, / And bread I broke with you was more than bread; ...” ~ Conrad Aiken
• “Every element has a sound, an original sound from the order of God; all those sounds unite like the harmony from harps and zithers.” ~ Hildegard of Bingen
• “There is the Music of Heaven in all things and we have forgotten how to hear it until we sing.” ~ Hildegard of Bingen
• “Underneath all the texts, all the sacred psalms and canticles, these watery varieties of sounds and silences, terrifying, mysterious, whirling and sometimes gestating and gentle must somehow be felt in the pulse, ebb, and flow of the music that sings in me. My new song must float like a feather on the breath of God.” ~ Hildegard of Bingen
• “Music is part of us, and either ennobles or degrades our behavior.” ~ Boethius
• “To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the inner music that words make.” ~ Truman Capote
• “Music hath charms to soothe a savage beast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.” William Congreve
• “We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.” ~ Roald Dahl
• “Good music is very close to primitive language.” Denis Diderot
• “I know why the caged bird sings, ah me, when his wing is bruised and his bosom sore; when he beats his bars and he would be free, it is not a carol of joy or glee, but a prayer that he sends from his heart's deep core.” ~ Paul Laurence Dunbar
• “There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.” ~ Théophile Gautier
• “Music is love in search of a word.” Sidney Lanier
• “The wind that makes music in November corn is in a hurry. The stalks hum, the loose husks whisk skyward in half-playing swirls, and the wind hurries on.... A tree tries to argue, bare limbs waving, but there is no detaining the wind.” ~ Aldo Leopold
• “Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.” ~ Thomas Merton
• “Music is a more potent instrument for education than any other.” ~ Plato
• “Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.” ~ Plato
• “The author's conviction on this day of the New Year is that music begins to atrophy when it departs too far from the dance; that poetry begins to atrophy when it gets too far from music. ” ~ Ezra Pound, ABC of Reading, Preface, 1934
• “The effect of music is so very much more powerful and penetrating than is that of the other arts, for these others speak only of the shadow, but music of the essence.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
• “Music fills the infinite between two souls.” Rabindranath Tagore

Music Theory and Harmony Wall Chart
Music Theory
and Harmony
Wall Chart

Music Theory and Harmony - a graphical overview of the most important elements of musical harmony: the circle of fifths, the essential scales and modes, chords and their inversions, key signatures, and the diatonic chords in C Major, as well as an easy to understand diagram of chord symbols.

Elementary Music Theory Wall Chart
Music Theory
Wall Chart

Elementary Music Theory - a graphical overview of note names, intervals, note and rest values; also information about counting, clefs, and other elements of notation as well as the notes on the staff and their location on the keyboard.

Conversation in Music Poster set
Conversation in Music Poster set

Set of 10 posters representing a music symbol or concept: Repeat, Harmony, Triplet, Rest, Tie, Sharp, Natural, Flat, Crescendo, Decrescendo. 11" x 17"

Let's Learn Music Poster set
Let's Learn Music
Poster set

Set of 4 posters: Musical Instruments, Musical Terms and Definitions, Elements of Music, and Musical Notation, with teachers guide and four reproducible activity sheets. 17" x 22".

Elementary Music Elements Posters, Set of 11
Elementary Music Elements Posters

Set of 11 music elements posters: timbre, dynamics, beat, rhythm, tempo, staff, phrase, melody, form, meter, and harmony. 8.5" x 11".

Word Power Posters, Set of 10
Music Word Power Posters

Set of 10 posters featuring keywords to coordinate with the World Music Drumming curriculum. One 8.5" x 11" poster for each word: teamwork, focus, respect, community, ensemble, balance, complement, listen, watch, and match.

The Great Composers Poster
The Great Composers

The Great Composers, Poster
Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern

• more composers posters

A Troubadour Playing Lute, from the Early 13th Century Chantefable "Aucassin Et Nicolette", Giclee Print
A Troubadour
Playing a Lute
Giclee Print

Troubadours were composers and performers of lyric poetry during the High Middle Ages, 1100-1350.

The troubadour's lute, a stringed instrument with a neck and deep, round back, is a precursor to guitars, banjos and mandolines.

A “chantefable” is a combination of prose and verse performed by troubadours.



I'm really glad I learned to play the violin, It takes a lot of practice, but it's worth it. I like the feeling of accomplishment when I master a new sond, and it's great when other people enjoy listening to me play, I'm going to follow my dream and work hard, and someday I'll be performing with a world class orchestra. I have the power to be somebody!

Related careers: Singer / Dancer & Choreographer / Actor / Director / Composer

“Someday I'll Be Somebody” occupation posters

World-Famous Opera Singers, Giclee Print
World-Famous Opera Singers, Giclee Print

Opera is a dramatic theatre art where the story and emotions are expressed through vocal and instrumental music, lyrics, acting, costumes, and scenery.

Are Cats Musical? Poster
Are Cats Musical? Poster

Are Cats Musical?
Are Cats Musical educational poster teaches the musical language of character and expression in 35 feline illustrations, giving the term and the English translation. Piacevole, maestoso, amabile, grazioso, dolente, con fuoco, serioso, estinguendo, arioso cantabile, agitato, buffo, con brio, con anima, tremolando, capriccioso, sostenuto, con dolore, grave, leggero, affetuoso appassionato, glissando, lamentabile, animato, pomposo, marziale, dolce dolcissimo, giusto, commodo, tempestoso furioso, con espressione espressivo, morendo, scherzando giocoso, brillante, perdendosi...

Selection from Duetto buffo di due gatti (Cat Duet) - compiled performance piece primarily using Gioacchino Rossini's Otello. The lyrics are the repeated word “meow”.

Ars Musica Classical Music Poster
Ars Musica Classical Music Poster

Ars Musica Classical Music 400 Years of the Art of Music
seventy-four great composers from the history of music, with a hierarchy arranged by date above and a key mapping their names.

composers posters

An Allegory of Hearing, Giclee Print, Jan the Elder Brueghel
An Allegory of Hearing,
Giclee Print,
Jan the Elder Brueghel

An Allegory of Hearing, Jan the Elder Brueghel

• more hearing and ears posters

Pythagoras (circa 580-500 BC) Discovering the Consonances of the Octave, from "Theorica Musicae", Giclee Print
Pythagoras Discovering the Consonances of the Octave, from “Theorica Musicae”,
Giclee Print

b. c. 569 BC; Greece
d. c. 475 BC

The philosopher Pythagoras believed that everything was related to mathematics and could be predicted and measured in rhythmic patterns or cycles. It is believed he had the pioneering insight into the numerical ratios which determine the musical scale.

Kodaly Hand Signs Poster Set
Kodaly Hand Signs
Poster Set

The “Kodály Method” of music education is named for Zoltan Kodály, a composer and ethnomusicologist who established a set of principles that became the basis for the teaching method.

Musical Alphabet Poster
Musical Alphabet

Musical Alphabet Poster

• more Alphabet posters

All About Music Activity Posters, classroom set of 30
All About Music
Activity Posters

All About Music Classroom Activity Poster set: 30 student posters with teacher instruction guide; for grades 4-8.

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