Matthew Green

Dr. Frankel

Technology Oriented Lesson Plan




7th Chords



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                                     etcŠ)


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.