Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Musical Mnemonics

For the beginning music student, reading musical notation from the staves can be tricky at first. Fortunately, clever music teachers have come up with several mnemonic devices to help remember the note names of the staves' lines and spaces (always ordered from bottom to top of the staff).

Here are some I've heard over the years:

TREBLE CLEF


Spaces


  • FACE

Lines

  • Every Good Boy Does Fine
  • Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge
  • Empty Garbage Before Dad Flips
  • Even George Bush Drives Fast

BASS CLEF

Spaces


  • All Cows Eat Grass
  • All Cars Eat Gas
  • American Composers Envy Gershwin

Lines

  • Good Boys Do Fine Always
  • Good Boys Deserve Fudge Always
  • Great Big Dogs Fight Animals
  • Good Burritos Don't Fall Apart

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Do you have any favorites I should add to the list? Comment below!

3 comments:

  1. Jacki's 5th and 6th grade students got to make their own this fall, so they were pretty funny (and nonsensical). I took some pictures of them when I visited her classroom -- I'll have to look for those and see if there are any to share.

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    1. Sweet! Let me know if you find any gems. I think some of my students a few years back had created some interesting ones, but I'm not sure if I managed to write any of them down...

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  2. We've got a winner here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r9LA60BtTw.

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