Interval Recognition: Ascending Perfect and Major Intervals

Interval Recognition: Ascending Perfect and Major Intervals

Daryl Lesnik
Daryl_Lesnik@fcasd.edu
Fox Chapel Area High School

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Electronic Musical Instruments

Level:

All Levels

Class:

Music Theory

Equipment:

Group Education Controller (GEC), Keyboard lab with Headphones.

Duration:

10 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

Basic keyboarding experience, knowledge of ascending perfect and major intervals.

MENC Standards Addressed:

MENC 1: Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
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.

Materials:

Teacher prepares a worksheet that includes specific pitches and intervals (perfect and major). The first season will introduce perfect intervals and new intervals will be added to the list each week as mastery and ownership of the given intervals is achieved.

Objectives:

Students will work in pairs (or small groups) quizzing each other on intervals. At the conclusion of this exercise, each student should be able to:

1. Sing the pitches (in tune) that were produced by the keyboard.

2. Identify the interval that was produced.

Procedures:

(5 minutes – 10 examples)
1. Student #1 will play through and quiz student #2 on the intervals that are provided on the teacher created worksheet.

2. Student #2 will sing back the pitch that was played by student #1, sing back the pitches (in tune) and identify the interval. (5 minutes – 10 examples)

3. Student #1 will play through and quiz student #2 on the intervals that are provided on the teacher created worksheet.

4. Student #2 will sing back the pitch that was played by student #1, sing back the pitches (in tune) and identify the interval.

5. At the conclusion of the activity, the students will tally their partners final score. (Score only reflects identification of interval and not pitch matching)

Evaluation:

This skills set is designed to help students develop their ear and match pitch. This exercise will help to measure individual growth over the course of the semester.

1. The instructor will listen in on each group (using the GEC) to evaluate the students ability to match the pitches that are produced.

2. The student will keep track of their partners final score that will be recorded on a spreadsheet to track progress throughout the semester. After the instructor reviews the results, students can be regrouped with students of similar skills, or have time arranged to work with interval recognition software, instructor, or other student for additional help.

Follow Up:

Introduction of additional intervals.

Items to Purchase:

none.

When budget should be submitted:

n/a

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