Book of Rhythms and Melodies (Vol. II)

We all know how costly textbooks have been and how the prices keep rising! It is my goal to support my students by creating FREE resources whenever possible. The next free textbook I have created for my students and available to everyone is my Book of Rhythms and Melodies - Volume II - a follow-up from Volume I created in August 2023.

This second book contains a collection of 71 short original music compositions that focus on rhythm counting and sight-singing (solfège) in minor keys to develop these important musicianship skills. Although the book was developed as a resource for my Aural Skills II course, there is a plethora of uses for a book of rhythms and melodies such as this. 

An image of the cover for the Book of Rhythms and Melodies Volume 2.

The book is structured in a way that scaffolds learning beginning with simple meter rhythms (more challenging than in Volume I) in the first section, incorporating new elements and growing more challenging with each exercise. 

A page of music notation focusing on reading rhythms.
The second section introduces pitch beginning with movement in a stepwise motion, progressing into movement following the tonic arpeggio and ultimately concluding with exercises including arpeggiation within the dominant seven arpeggio, all within the minor key tonalities (melodic, harmonic, natural). 
Music notation of minor melodies.
The third section introduces a few more challenging major tonality melodies for reflection and further development.

Music notation of major tonality melodies.
*Note that the interactive icon found at the start of all melodies allows the reader to play a major arpeggio in the key of each exercise to aid in more accurately singing the excerpt. Simply tap or click the icon to begin playback. 

I would appreciate any feedback to help improve this resource. Feel free to reach out to me at dsorah@ or on most social media platforms at @dsorah.

Happy sight-singing! 😁🎵 

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Posted on January 04, 2024

Don, thanks for all your work on helping others with incorporating music within their #EveryoneCanCreate projects. Thanks to your work, I'm going to be adding another GarageBand layer to two spring projects. Seriously grateful!


Posted on January 05, 2024

Hey Marianne -

I'm so glad to hear this. Congrats to you and your students! Please let me know if I can be of assistance as you plan and deliver instruction. 👍🏼

Posted on January 05, 2024

Thank you Don for this impressive Volume II - So wonderful that you create these resources so that your students can have a free “text.” Plus the interactivity of being able to play the rhymes and melodies through the book is super!

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