Chord Exploration

Chord Exploration

A lesson plan by C. B., Lancaster, PA.

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Electronic Musical Instruments
Notation

Level:

grade 5/6, elementary general music class

Equipment:

Korg 01W
Sibelius software
OS X Mac
Four multi-timbrel synthesizers

Duration:

30 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

  1. Understanding of function of sharps and flats.
  2. Understanding of whole and half step patterns in major and minor scales.
  3. Understanding of keyboard layout (black and white keys).
  4. At a previous lesson, students will listen to and follow printed music of Havah Nagilah (lead sheets), as Sibelius plays melody and teacher adds live chords.
  5. At a previous lesson, students will practice playing melody of Havah Nagilah on keyboards and bell sets.
  6. At a previous lesson, students will be instructed in building chords in root position using notes 1, 3 and 5 from given scales.
  7. At a previous lesson, students will explore and compare the differing sounds of major and minor chords (teacher played examples).
  8. Students will be instructed in the function of the chord symbols on Havah Nagilah, and they will aurally focus on the chords changes indicated (Sibelius and teacher played).

MENC Standards Addressed:

MENC 2: Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
MENC 5: Reading and notating music.
MENC 6: Listening to, analyzing and describing music.
MENC 9: Understanding Music in Relation to History and Culture

Materials:

  1. Hardware and software as listed in section 3
  2. Havah Nagilah lead sheet (for each student and T. use on overhead projector.)
    To download the lead sheet- Mac users control-click or Windows users right-click the following link: Download Leadsheet
  3. Havah Nagilah worksheet (for each student and T. use on overhead projector.)
    To download the worksheet – Mac users control-click or Windows users right-click the following link: Download Worksheet

Objectives:

  1. Students will perform the melody of Havah Nagilah.
  2. Students will construct major and minor chords in root position from given scales.
  3. Students will aurally identify various major and minor chords from teacher played examples.
  4. Students will aurally identify selected chords of Havah Nagilah as major or minor.

Procedures:

  1. (distribute lead sheets) Teacher will guide the students through a review of activities listed in steps 4-8 of section 5 (previous knowledge).
  2. As a whole group, students will construct the scales for E Major, a minor and d minor.
  3. (collect lead sheets and distribute worksheets) On worksheet, students will (individually) construct root position chords of E Major, a minor and d minor using notes 1, 3, and 5 from constructed scales.
  4. S. will follow Havah Nagilah at bottom of worksheet, particularly noting the chord changes and “missing chords,” as T. plays chords live while Sibelius performs the melody.
  5. As Havah Nagilah is played again several times slowly, students will identify missing chords as “Maj” or “min” by completing boxes shown on worksheet.

Evaluation:

Assessment is based on completion of the written chords and aural identification of the “missing” chords on the worksheet.
To download a version of the completed worksheet – Mac users control-click or Windows users right-click the following link: Answer Sheet

Follow Up:

  1. As a class, students will play chords on tone chimes live as Sibelius plays melody.
  2. Students will learn to play the given chords on the keyboard live as Sibelius plays melody.
 

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