Why The Mighty Maestro?

  • The Mighty Maestro is a fun, interactive way to learn the basics of music theory.
  • Learning tutorials, listening tasks and a bit of trial and error.
  • Designed for beginner musicians and those studying for Grade 1 exams.
  • A thorough learning experience advancing students with small steps in understanding.
  • All the music theory required to get started in a band or orchestra.
  • Real instrument sounds used throughout.

Activities in The Mighty Maestro

Note the Value

Learn about music notes.

1.1 – Note Names

Name the music notes. Semiquaver, quaver, crotchet, minim, semibreve.

1.2 – The Values

Identify the music notes from the symbols and number of beats. Semiquaver, quaver, crotchet, minim, semibreve.

1.3 – Value Race

Race against the clock. Quickly identify the music notes. Any mistakes will cost you.

1.4 – Listening

Listen to and identify the notes. Great ear training.

1.5 – Note Sums

Work out which musical notes equal the sum of the notes shown.

1.6 – Which Rhythm?

Listen to the rhythms and identify the correct pattern of notes from those shown. More fantastic ear training.

1.7 – Dotted Notes

Learn about and identify the dotted music notes. Dotted semiquaver, dotted quaver, dotted crotchet, dotted minim, dotted semibreve.

1.8 – Note the Parts

Name the parts of the musical note, including stem, head, flag and beam.

What’s the Time?

Learn about the time signatures used in music theory.

2.1 Bar Beats

Bars, bar-lines, and 2/4, 3/4 and 4/4 time signatures.

2.2 Completing Bars

Work out which music notes are required to complete the bars.

Pitch This!

Learn about music values (note names). Bass/Treble clef option.

3.1 Sounds

Listen to and identify the notes of the stave. Ear pitch training.

3.2 Melodies

Play through the musical melodies and identify the correct nursery rhyme. This helps learn how the notes are set out in music theory.

3.3 Line Race

Race against the clock. Learn about then quickly identify the music notes on the lines of the stave. EGBDF are the notes to remember in the treble clef (Every Good Boy Deserved Fudge / Every Good Boy Deserved Food), GBDFA in the bass clef (Great Big Dragons Fly Around).

3.4 Space Race

Race against the clock. Learn about then quickly identify the music notes between the lines of the stave. FACE in the treble clef, ACEG (all cows eat grass) in the bass clef.

3.5 Stem Direction

More music theory. When should the stems point up and when should they point down? Find the mistakes in the music notes shown.

3.6 Note Words

Identify the words from the notes shown. DAD, FEED and BAGGAGE etc.

3.7 Sound Sets

Further develop your ear training. Listen to the sets of notes and work out which pattern is being played. GAAD, for example, has four notes with the middle two the same.

3.8 Race Below

Race against the clock. Learn about then quickly identify the music notes below the stave. DCBAG in the treble clef, FEDCB in the bass clef.

3.9 Race Above

Race against the clock. Learn about then quickly identify the music notes above the stave. GABCD in the treble clef, BCDEF in the bass clef.

Rest and Repeat

Continue the music theory with rests and repeats.

4.1 Rest Values

Learn about and identify the rests.

4.2 Completing Rests

Work out which musical rests are required to complete the bars.

4.3 Repeats

Click on the bars of music in the order that they should be played. Watch out for the repeat signs.

4.4 Second Endings

Click on the bars of music in the order that they should be played. The second endings should be played the second time through the piece of music.

Be Dynamic

Dynamics make music more exciting.

5.1 Dynamic Terms

Learn the meaning of the musical terms. Forte, piano, crescendo (cresc), diminuendo (dim), legato and staccato.

5.2 Dynamic Symbols

Identify the symbols for the dynamic terms. Forte, piano, crescendo (cresc), diminuendo(dim), legato and staccato.

5.3 Ties

Tied notes are used for a variety of reasons in music theory. Learn about them here.

5.4 Tempo Terms

There are a large number of terms describing the tempo that music should be played. Here, we look at Adagio, Andante, Moderato, Allegro, Presto, Accelerando (Accel), Rallentando (Rall) and A Temp.

Little Steps, Big Steps

Sharps and Flat, Tones and Semitones. What is this music theory all about?

6.1 Sharps

Listen to and learn about sharp notes and naturals.

6.2 Semitones / Half Steps

Investigate semitones/half steps on a piano keyboard.

6.3 Tones / Full Steps

Investigate tones/full steps on a piano keyboard.

6.4 Flats

Listen to and learn about flats.

6.5 C Major Scale

The C major scale, scale degrees and the pattern of tones/whole notes & semitones/half notes.

6.6 Other Major Scales

C, G, D and F major scales and middle C.

6.7 Intervals

Identify intervals above the tonic in each of the 4 scales studied.

6.8 Tonic Triads

Play the tonic triads in C, G, D and F major.

What Key are We In?

The key signature dictates which music notes should be played. Bass/Treble clef option.

7.1 Sharps Played

Look at the sharp notes played in a number of simple key signatures.

7.2 G Major

Identify the notes that should be played when reading music in the key of G Major.

7.3 Accidentals

Accidental notes are not in the key signature. How many can you find and how are they cancelled?

7.4 D Major

Identify the notes that should be played when reading music in the key of D Major.

7.5 Flats Played

Look at the flats played in a number of simple key signatures.

7.6 F Major

Identify the notes that should be played when reading music in the key of F Major.

7.7 More Accidentals

Accidental notes are not in the key signature. Once one has been played, similar notes in the bar may also be accidentals.

7.8 Bb Major

Identify the notes that should be played when reading music in the key of Bb Major.

It’s a Wrap!

How much music theory have you learned? Bass/Treble clef option.

8.1 Recap 1

A look at the music notes, music values (note names), key signatures, time signatures and dynamics.

8.2 Recap 2

A look at the music notes, music values (note names), key signatures, time signatures and dynamics.

8.3 Recap 3

A look at the music notes, music values (note names), key signatures, time signatures and dynamics.

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ABRSM Grade 1 Syllabus Points

  1. Note values of semibreve, minim, crotchet, quaver and semiquaver, and their equivalent rests (candidates may use the terms ‘whole note’, ‘half note’, etc.). Tied notes. Single-dotted notes and rests.
  2. Simple time signatures of 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, bar-lines and the grouping of the notes listed above within these times.
  3. The stave. Treble and bass clefs. Names of notes on the stave, including middle C in both clefs. Sharp, flat and natural signs, and their cancellation.
  4. Construction of the major scale, including the position of the tones and semitones. Scales and key signatures of the major keys of C, G, D and F in both clefs, with their tonic triads (root position), degrees (number only), and intervals above the tonic (by number only).
  5. Some frequently used terms and signs concerning tempo, dynamics, performance directions and articulation marks. Simple questions will be asked about a melody written in either treble or bass clef.
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