__Learning the basic
intervals__

Josh Bertelli

**Objective: **

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The high school students will improve their harmonic
dictation by using the computer program Auralia.

**Purpose: **

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The students have already learned melodic dictation.

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Harmonic dictation is the next lesson in the curriculum
to help train the ear.

**Materials Needed:**

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One computer for every student.

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Headphones for every student.

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The Auralia computer program for each computer.

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CD player and a piano.

**Anticipatory Set:**

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While students are arriving to class I will play The
Beatles song Let it Be, which contains a very basic chord progression.

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This will lead to a discussion about how the bass line
can help students hear the chord
changes.

**Procedure:**

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Before moving to the computer lab, students will listen
to some basic chord progressions on the piano.

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They will all have a chance to take a guess at a few
examples. We will then talk about
ways to make harmonic dictation easier.

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Students will move to a computer. They will then be instructed how to use
the harmonic dictation portion of Auralia.

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Using their harmonic dictation skills they will attempt
to complete many practice examples on the computer.

**Check for student understanding:**

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I will monitor their progress by checking the scores
given by the Auralia program.

**Closure:**

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A class discussion about the difficulties of harmonic
dictation.

**Extensions:**

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The students will go home and listen to some of their
favorite songs and try to figure out the harmonic progression without using
their instruments.

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The students will be asked to bring in a simple song
for the next class.