Noteflight Learning Edition Activity Templates

Noteflight has partnered with The Vermont MIDI Project and Haiku Learning Systems to bring you a collection of learning activity templates for use in Noteflight Learning Edition (NLE), aimed at primary and secondary grade levels. Find out more about Noteflight Learning Edition.

What’s an activity template? An activity template is a Noteflight Learning Edition web page that contains a set of musical activities related to a single educational theme. Each activity includes explanatory text, musical examples and student exercises using Noteflight scores, and a teacher guide for assessment. Activities are keyed to the U.S. MENC National Standards. Read more…

Get started now by clicking the “preview” link for any activity to view its contents — or click “copy” to copy the activity to your own NLE account!

TitleDescriptionGrade RangeType of classroom settingMENC Standards Addressedpreviewcopy
Variations on a Familiar TuneDiscover the repeated measures in a familiar folk tune. Make variations of these repeated patterns.4 - 6General Music4,6,7previewcopy
Add a Percussion AccompanimentThis page is designed to follow the lesson, Variations on a Familiar Tune. Students add a percussion accompaniment to their variations.4 - 6General Music4,6,7previewcopy
Write Your Own CanonAnalyze two different canons. Compose an original 3 part canon.9 - 12Choral Ensembles, General Music4,6previewcopy
Motif and MelodyConstruct a four measure melody using a simple motif. Explore the techniques of diminution, augmentation, sequencing and inversion. Compose an original melody.5 - 6General Music2,4,6previewcopy
Creating an Effective MelodyAn 8 minute podcast is included in this page to guide students in four strategies for creating an effective melody.7 - 12General Music, Performance Ensembles, Theory and Composition4,6,7previewcopy
Composing Using a SequenceListen to and analyze examples of sequencing beginning with a 9 minute podcast. Students create their own melody utilizing the strategies presented.7 - 12General Music, Performance Ensembles, Theory and Composition4,6,7previewcopy
Theory Review: Treble and Bass Clef NotesReview on the names of the notes in the treble and bass clef.7 - 12General Music, Performance Ensembles, Theory and Composition5previewcopy
Key SignaturesThese sequential activities are designed to reinforce understanding of major scales and why key signatures are necessary.7 - 12Vocal Ensemble, General Music5previewcopy
RhythmPractice reading and performing rhythm exercises with a steady beat. Students create their own rhythm exercise.7 - 12General Music, Performance Ensembles, Theory and Composition2,4,5previewcopy
Beginning with HarmonyGiven a harmonic progression, students will create a melody to complement it. Ideas are provided for changing the harmony block chords to add rhythmic interest.7 - 12General Music, Performance Ensembles, Theory and Composition4,5previewcopy
Unstructured Composition AssignmentsIdeas for unstructured assignments for students, beginning with simple guidelines and ending with a completely open-ended composition assignment.7 - 12General Music, Performance Ensembles, Theory and Composition4previewcopy
First Steps in Elementary Composition: Melody MotionWays to move from note to note by steps, skips and repeated tones. Easy first lesson using the Noteflight application.3 - 5General Music4,5previewcopy
Create a Percussion DuoCreate a short percussion piece and perform it with a classmate.4 - 6General Music2,4, 5previewcopy
Melodic Sightreading/Solfege PracticeActivities for middle or high school vocalists that can be used or adapted for melodic sightreading using solfege syllables.7 - 12Vocal Ensemble1,4,5,6previewcopy
Tamper with Musical Ideas: TransposeThis lesson features "T" - transpose - as a technique for musical idea development.6 - 10Instrumental Music, General Music2,4,6,7previewcopy
Tamper with Musical Ideas: Add or AdaptThis lesson features "A" - add or adapt- play with filler notes and alter the rhythm - as a technique for musical idea development.6 - 10Instrumental Music, General Music2,4,6previewcopy
Tamper with Musical Ideas: Minimize or MagnifyThis lesson features "M" - minimize or magnify - dimunition or augmentation - as a technique for musical idea development.6 - 10Instrumental Music, General Music2,4,6previewcopy
Tamper with Musical Ideas: Put to Other UsesThis lesson features "P" - put to other uses- changing the timbre or tone quality - as a technique for musical idea development.6 - 10Instrumental and Vocal Music, General Music1,2,4,6previewcopy
Tamper with Musical Ideas: EliminateThis lesson features "E" - eliminate- make use of empty space and rests - as a technique for musical idea development.6 - 10Instrumental Music, General Music2,4,6previewcopy
Tamper with Musical Ideas: Reverse or RearrangeThis lesson features "R" - reverse or rearrange as a technique for musical idea development.6 - 10Instrumental Music, General Music2,4,6previewcopy


More about the templates

Copying templates to your Noteflight Learning Edition account. Each template has both a "preview" link for previewing the content and a "copy" content for copying the template for use in your own NLE account. Once you click the "copy" link you will be prompted to login to Haiku. You can do this by clicking the "sign in" link, then entering your Haiku username. From there, simply follow the prompts for copying the template into the class of your choosing.

This will copy an a template into a page in one of your own Haiku classes. Since this is your own copy, you will be able to modify the content freely. This includes easily adding new content, such as video or audio links.

Each of the "copy" links is a Haiku page resource share. General help on content sharing can be found here.

Grade ranges refer to the standard used in the United States. Further details on The National Association for Music Educations’ National Standards for Music Education can be found on the MENC website.

Tips. General tips on using Haiku and Noteflight together can be found here.

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