Lesson Plan

Simple Analysis of Chords

Students will be introduced to the analysis of music using both macro and figured bass approahes.
Ed H.
Classroom teacher
Cabell Midland High School
Ona, United States
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects Arts

Students will be able to identify chord progressions using macro analysis and figured bass and will understand the differences between the two methods.


English Language Arts
reading comprehension
Social Studies
Grades 9 – 12
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1 Hook

Activity: Presenting

Using the Captain Broccoli videos on music theory, student will be introduced to the construction and identification of triads in a key. 

Captain Broccoli explains diatonic triads in major keys: their chord qualities and the Roman numerals used to represent them.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhJTGBXotLU&safe=active

Captain Broccoli explains root, 1st inversion, and 2nd inversion triads, and the figured bass symbols used to represent them.     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNp6eZQSV60&safe=active

Many students have prior knowledge of macro analysis from reading sheet music for guitar and piano and will be able to transfer those experiences to this exercise. 


2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Conversing

Using simple examples, for example, hymn tunes/chorales on the board, work through macro analysis with students engaged in offering answers. 

When students have understanding of this type of analysis, using the same examples, repeat the process using figured bass to analyze the examples. 

3 Guided Practice

Activity: Assessing


Using Music Sample # 1 - students work together and determine the Macro analysis fo the sample.

This is simply the letter name of the triads.
Major triads use upper case letters, minor triads use lower case letters. 

4 Independent Practice

Activity: Exploring

Independent practice can be done using the Teoria.com website under "Exercises, triad identification" 

Teoria scores progress on exercises and a screen shot of thos scores can be sent to the instructor for verification of: student work, progress, and mastery level of the content.



5 Wrap-Up

Activity: Exploring

Using Teoria, students can continue on thier own, and using the Teoria site, students can easily explore other music theory concepts.