Learning the basic intervals
€ The high school students will improve their harmonic dictation by using the computer program Auralia.
€ The students have already learned melodic dictation.
€ Harmonic dictation is the next lesson in the curriculum to help train the ear.
€ One computer for every student.
€ Headphones for every student.
€ The Auralia computer program for each computer.
€ CD player and a piano.
€ While students are arriving to class I will play The Beatles song Let it Be, which contains a very basic chord progression.
€ This will lead to a discussion about how the bass line can help students hear the chord changes.
€ Before moving to the computer lab, students will listen to some basic chord progressions on the piano.
€ 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.
€ Students will move to a computer. They will then be instructed how to use the harmonic dictation portion of Auralia.
€ Using their harmonic dictation skills they will attempt to complete many practice examples on the computer.
Check for student understanding:
€ I will monitor their progress by checking the scores given by the Auralia program.
€ A class discussion about the difficulties of harmonic dictation.
€ 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.
€ The students will be asked to bring in a simple song for the next class.