Morse Code Music
- connecting rhythm and language with Morse Code -

Welcome to my Morse Code Music page!  It includes: 1) an explanation on how to translate Morse Code into music; 2) an online Morse Code Music generator you can play right now on your computer; and 3) multimedia activities that integrate Morse Code with other areas of the curriculum!  So, take a couple of minutes and learn more about Morse Code and the wonderful connections we can make between language and music.

Translating Morse Code into Music

With International Morse Code, each letter of the alphabet is represented by short and long sounds called dots and dashes. 

Each dot, or short sound, will be played as an eighth note.
. dot short sound eighth note

Each dash, or long sound, will be played as a quarter note.
- dash long sound quarter note

Between each letter, there will be an eighth rest.
eighth
rest

Each rhythm will be played in 4/4 time: four counts to a measure, with the quarter note getting one count.
time signature

To hear how this works, please see the Morse Code Music activity below.

Morse Code Music

How to play Morse Code Music: Scroll down until to see the keyboard on the screen.  Using your mouse, click on the first letter in your name notice that it appears on the screen.  Now, finish typing your name with your mouse or keyboard.  Press the Play button and hear your name in Morse Code!   To delete a character, just press the Backspace key.  For a different sound, press the Tones or Voices buttons on the left of the keyboard.  You may also want to listen to some of Phil's favorite words and by pressing the Words button.  You will also find drum language from the Congo, ancient Aztec drum rhythms, and popular modern dance beats from around the world all played with Morse Code.  You're ready, let's get started!

Technical Note: You must have Macromedia Flash Player 6 for this activity to work.  If you don't have it, you may obtain this free download from Macromedia at: http://sdc.shockwave.com/shockwave/download/alternates/


Extensions

Learn how to make music with Morse Code letters and words.
"Morse Code Mambo" lesson plan and group activity

Play Morse Code words with Phil's free multimedia activities.

Unifix Cube Drum Machine

Playing Fraction Pies
Counting Music

 

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