Build-A-Scale

Build-A-Scale

A lesson plan by Gary Penkala, Saint Ireneus, Oakmont, PA

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Notation

Level:

Elementary

Equipment:

Sibelius 2

Duration:

30 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

letter names of treble staff;
concept of whole/half step

MENC Standards Addressed:

MENC 5: Reading and notating music.

Materials:

Worksheet, including chart of piano keyboard;
Tone blocks and step platform;
Chalkboard with staff lines

Objectives:

Develop concept of Major Scale as a series of seven steps by having students gradually build step-by-step

Procedures:

  1. Reinforce whole & half steps.
  2. From a starting point (root, tonic, home) on keyboard chart, move stepwise, following the Major Scale Pattern (W W H W W W H).
  3. Notate simultaneously on board or in Sibelius (projeted).
  4. Match generated pitches with tone bells on step platform.
  5. Have student play major scale.
  6. Repeat at other starting pitches.

Evaluation:

Have students build scales, staring with individual(s) at board, possibly continuing with individuals on their own music paper.

Follow Up:

Once “building” concept is firm, introduce other patterns (natural minor, harmonic minor, melodic minor, whole-tone, etc.)

 

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