Below are resources that The OK Factor has found helpful for themselves and their students as part of their daily practice. You'll find websites that include good information regarding general music theory knowledge, websites that offer free notation software, helpful music theory and ear training apps, and for the first time ever, practice composition worksheets and staff paper designed by The OK Factor!
Music theory + practice = winning.
Game-based music theory and ear-training website (also available as an app!) for learning basic theory, honing rhythm skills, and understanding more advanced theory topics within various clefs and instruments.
O&K's preferred software for composition and transcribing. Intuitive and free, Musescore's website also includes an option to publish your works so they are available for others to download and play. You can search their database for sheet music of any arrangement you can possibly think of.
Another great web-based notation software option. Easy to use, collaborate with others, and store your scores online.
Easy to access means more practice!
Practice your music theory skills with customizable challenges and exercises from your phone or tablet! No internet required.
It was mentioned above, but it's good enough to mention again.
METRONOMES & TUNERS
It never hurts to have a digital version of the old-school standby! Check out these options for a more steady and in tune practice session.
Olivia and Karla have created a series of worksheets for musicians interested in honing their compositional skills. The Composition Adventure worksheets are designed for beginning composers with intermediate singing or instrumental ability, while the Folk Melody Starters worksheets are designed for intermediate composers with a more developed understanding of their instrument, key signatures, notation, etc.
To request a worksheet designed specifically for you, contact The OK Factor here!
These worksheets will help you practice basic composition skills by placing three notes on the staff using the rhythm provided.
Composition Adventure No. 1 features quarter notes, quarter rests, and eighth notes.
Composition Adventure No. 2 includes quarter notes, quarter rests, eighth notes, and sixteenth notes.
FOLK MELODY STARTER
This worksheet guides you through the beginning steps of creating your own folk melody from scratch. Beginning with a brief discussion about folk melodies and form, you are invited to explore intermediate composing in a step-by-step way.