New Achievement Available! ‘Method Book Song.’

Unlike the other achievements, this one can be earned as many times as you like! Here’s how to do it:


1. Pick a song out of your method book (Alfred Book, All for Strings, or Classical Guitar Method) that we have NEVER played in class.

2. Teach yourself to play the song, making sure you’re playing the correct notes and rhythms!

3. Play the song for your teacher in class. To earn a star, you must be playing with correct notes, rhythms,   and dynamics.

If you play a piece in class but have too many wrong notes and rhythms, you won’t be able to earn a star that day, but you will be able to try again the following week. Your teacher will not be able to give you any hints about what to do differently. The goal of this achievement is to be your own teacher!

Good luck!



The Adventures of Ace, Musical Detective.

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Ace, Musical Detective

Use your knowledge of the notes to crack the code of this musical story!

How it works: Fill in the names of the notes in each box below to spell out the word.Let’s take a look at the section of music labeled “1.” We have three notes, and you need to write down the names of each of these notes and then put them together. Separately they are A, C, and E, but together they spell Ace, which is the name of the detective in this story.

  1. Refer to the chart of lines and spaces for Treble and Bass clef here  to download if you need assistance.

    lines-and-spaces-posterTo use the chart, first identify which clef is in the section you are looking at. Treble clef is squiggly shape on the top, and Bass clef is the curve with two dots on the bottom. These determine which lines and spaces you should look at. Section 1 is Treble clef and the notes are all on spaces, so we need to look at the spaces with the red letters. Notice that from bottom to top, they spell FACE! That’s how we remember those spaces in the Treble Clef. Now, looking back at section 1, notice that the first note is on the second space from the bottom. Come over to this chart and find what note is on the second space. The note you should find is A. The second note is on  the third space, which is is C, and the third note is on the fourth space, which is E.                                                                                        A, C, and E put together spell Ace, which is the name of our musical detective.

    Notice that the other lines and spaces use whole sentences to help you remember their notes. For example, if you have a note that is on the first line of the Bass clef, you’ll find the word “Growling.” That means the note is “G.”

  1.  Click here for a larger version of the story.

  2. For a printable version click here.

Make sure that you use ONLY lowercase letters in the form below.

Good luck! If you need more help understanding how to break the code, don’t hesitate to contact me!

Melodic Direction: Little Birch Tree


Melodic Direction

We’re also going to use the Russian Folk Song, Little Birch Tree, to talk about Melodic Direction. Melodic Direction is a fancy term that essentially means how the notes are moving in a song. Take a look at this video to learn about how a melody can move by steps, by leaps, by repeats, and up and down.

Listen to the melody of Little Birch Tree below:


Now take a look at what the different types of melodic direction look and sound like:



Now, listen to the recording again while looking at the notation for the melody of Little Birch Tree. Even if you don’t know how to read music, the names of the notes are there, and you can see how when the melody steps up or down, the notes move by just a little and the note is the alphabet letter before or after the first note. When they repeat, they stay at the same level and have the same note name. When they leap, there is space in between them.

Birch Tree - Melodic Direction

Danielle 🙂