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The Building Blocks of Music
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The Building Blocks of Music

Recommended For: Grades 2-6; Adults with disabilities

Artists: Joseph Conyers, double bass; Rebecca Harris, violin; Andrew Lipke, guitar, voice

Length: 60 minutes

Related Subjects: Music

Breaks down the fundamentals of melody, harmony and bass using a range of pop, rock and classical songs.

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Curriculum Resources

Bridge Sessions easily intersect with state standards for music education, as well as standards for many other classroom subjects. Although no advance preparation is necessary to attend, we encourage teachers to connect Bridge Sessions back to your classrooms. Please contact us if any additional information would be helpful.

Musical Genres
Classical, pop, rock

Double bass, violin, guitar, voice

Music You’ll Hear
Canon in D (Pachelbel)
I, IV, V medley: Louie Louie, La Bamba, Beethoven’s 9th, Stir It Up, Twist & Shout, Amazing Grace
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Danny Boy

Key Vocabulary
Bass, harmony and melody
Major vs minor keys
I, IV, V chords
Chromatic scale


  • Introduction to basic elements of music
  • Introduction to string instruments and both acoustic and electric guitars
  • Collaboration