Singing is a fabulous mnemonic device. I've made up songs to help my kids memorize scriptures, multiplication tables, the scout law and spelling words. And sometimes I even have to sing the joy school song I learned as a child to help them remember the family rules... "We never step on furniture (repeated), when we're in the Neal House. This is a rule in the Neal House (repeated), that helps us all to be happy." So when my students were forgetting the meaning of the time signature or tempo terms, I created some lyrics to help.
Time Signature: Time Signature Song Lyrics
Tonic/Dominant: FaberTonic up to dominant and leading tone to C
Decrescendo/Crescendo Music K-8.com
Chord Inversions: Let's Play Music Orange Roots Demo Video Tempo
Adagio/Allegro:"Adagio Play Slow" Song or "When you run your LEGs move quickly aLEGgro means fast."
Presto/Largo: Music K-8.com
What songs have you used to teach theory?
Post 1: Teaching Basic Keyboard Concepts Through Song
Post 2: Teaching Technique Through Song
Post 3: Chord Progressions and Transposition
Post 4: Ear Training Through Song
Post 5: Teaching Tempo and Theory through Song
Post 6: Teaching Rhythm through Song
Post 7: Teaching Music History through Song