National Standard: 1- Creating, performing and participating in the arts
6 - Listening to, analyzing and describing music.
Objective: The students will aurally recognize and distinguish between major and minor chords after hearing them played through Practica Musica. The students will build major/minor chords from a designated base note using Practica Musica.
Purpose: The purpose of this lesson is to provide the students with an aural and kinesthetic experience to reinforce the difference between major and minor chords.
Materials: Computer lab, Practica Musica and headphones
Procedure: 1- Before moving to the computer lab, the students will listen to and distinguish between major and minor chords played on the piano
2- Go around the room and allow each student to distinguish between a major or minor chord. Choose the students in random order
3- Building Major and Minor Chords: (Prior to this lesson we wouldčve discussed intervals). How do we form a chord? How many notes are included in a major or minor chord? Practice making chords on staff paper.
4-Move to the computer lab.
5-Direct students on the workings of Practica Musica
6-Students will use Practica Musica to identify major and minor chords, aurally.
7- Students will use Practica Musica to build major and minor chords from a given base.
Check for Student Understanding: The students understanding will be visible in their ability to build chords and hear them aurally from Practica Musica. Studentčs abilities can be checked individually by a moving teacher.
Closure: Discussion Question- What two types of chords did we form and listen to today? How do we build them?
Extensions: Composition Assignment: The students can compose a short composition using the notes of a major or minor chord and play them on a Xylophone or Recorder.