Technology Oriented Lesson Plan
Objective: Today we will be learning about 7th chords.
Purpose: We are building on our chord structures, moving towards composition.
Materials Needed: Music Maid- will design and organize specific exercises for the chords.
Sibelius – Since Music Maid will not be able to play the actual chords, I will import 7th chords/inversions into Sibelius to allow the class to hear the chords.
Anticipatory Set: To get the kids attached, I will be playing a CD or a Garage Band recording distinctly portraying 7th chords. (I.e. Eric Clapton, BB King etc)
Procedure: - Once all the children are set with their books out, we will quickly review our chord structures we have already learned. (I.e. Major/Minor Chords)
- I will then play a 7th chord on Sibelius to ask what they hear that¹s different (Major minor 7th, Minor 7th and Major 7th).
- I will then replay the original blues music, to see if the kids can recognize the 7th chords in the piece now.
- I will then explain how a 7th chord is built
- Adding a minor 3rd on top of the 5th for a minor 7th / Major-Minor 7th, and a major 3rd on top of the 5th for a major 7th.
- Use C major as an example: Cm7 - C E G Bb = Blues chord
- Also show CM7: C E G B = ³pretty² chord
- Try in different key – D F# A C / D F# A C#
Check for Student Understanding – I will hand out the pre-made sheets designed by Music Maid, answering any questions. If there are many questions, I will build a 7th chord in another key.
Closure – How can we relate 7th chords to our regular Major/Minor chords? Regular chords are built on major/minor 3rds. This is the same with 7th chords.
Extensions – We can move from 7th chords to 9th or 11th chords with the simple addition of another minor 3rd on top.