Lesson Plan

The Basics of Chords

What are They and What are the Types?
Rachel M.
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects Arts

Students will be able to identify a chord; what a root of a chord is; whether a chord is major or minor; and will be able to create a major or minor chord when given the root.

Grades 7 – 8
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1 Direct Instruction

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1) Give students worksheet with the following terms to define while watching the video: root, chord quality, interval -- half step and whole step, triad, major third, perfect fifth, minor third

2) Watch the following video from 1:58 to 15:30 (imbedded in Prezi -- next step)

*****Worksheet found at this link*****

Student Instructions

Students should already be familiar with intervals from earlier lessons.

Students will be given the link to the video to watch at home the night before.

2 Guided Practice

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1) Use the Prezi to review what we learned in the video (the last slide contains the link to the next step -- virtual piano)

Prezi: http://prezi.com/2topf2uyq6ah/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0...

3 Independent Practice

Activity: Investigating

1) Pull up the virtual piano at http://virtualpiano.net/

2) First, have individual students come to the virtual piano and find an interval based on a root that you give them.

3) Then, have individual students come to the virtual piano and build a chord based on a root that you give them.

4 Wrap-Up

Activity: Assessing

1. Have students raise their hands to tell you some of the terms they remember from the lesson.

2. Homework: Have them draw a piano (demonstrate by drawing a simple version of a keyboard) and label one major chord and one minor chord on their individually drawn pianos to turn in by the next class.