I IV V Chord Progression with Accompaniment

I IV V Chord Progression with Accompaniment

Brenda Laverty
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Curvin-McCabe Elementary School

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Electronic Musical Instruments




General Music


Electronic Keyboard


30 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

Students know the keys C F and G on the keyboard.
Students know solfege, the C major scale, and triads.
Students can read a whole note rhythm and chord symbols.

NAfME standard of 1994 Addressed:

NAfME standard of 1994: Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
NAfME standard of 1994: Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

NAfME 2014: Performing 

NAfME standard of 1994: Reading and notating music.

NAfME 2014: Creating 


Yamaha PSR-170 Electronic Keyboard
Overhead projector with chord progression transparency.


Students will play a I IV V I chord progression on the keys of C F and G using the Single Finger method.
Students will use the Auto Accompaniment with their performance.


1. Students sing in solfege the C major scale.
2. Students sing in solfege the first, fourth, and fifth degrees of the C major scale.
3. Students sing in solfege the notes of a triad built on those degrees.
4. Students sing the absolute pitch names of the root of each of those triads.
5.Students read/sing with absolute pitch names the transparency which is 16 bars in 4/4, whole note rhythm, 4 bars for each chord following the pattern C F G C
(I IV V I).
6. Students locate C F and G on the lower register of the keyboard, press Auto Accompaniment ( already set in the style of 8 Beat Pop), press Start, count off 8 beats and play the written chord progression.


Students are evaluated on National Standard #2 when they play the chord progression, solo.

Follow Up:

Students improvise a melody using C F and G on the upper register of the keyboard, while being accompanied by the chord progression.
This could be accomplished with 2 students on one keyboard; one to play the progression the other to improvise.
Or, one person to do both.

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