Introduction to 7th Chord and Piano Accompaniment

Introduction to 7th Chord and Piano Accompaniment

David M. Marshall
Joseph Case High School

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Electronic Musical Instruments
Multimedia/Digital Media
Information Processing


High School


Music Theory


Alfred’s Essentials of Music Theory 2 Software
D’Accord Keyboard Chord Dictionary Software


90 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

Beginner to Intermediate Piano Skills
Knowledge of Major and Minor 7th Chords

NAfME Standard of 1994 Addressed:

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 

NAfME Standard of 1994: Listening to, analyzing and describing music.

NAfME 2014: Responding 


MIDI Keyboard / Computer Station
A selection of songbooks (Pop / Broadway / Jazz)
(Songbooks must contain chord names above the staff)


At the conclusion of this lesson, the successful High School / Music Theory Student will have gained knowledge of Dominant 7th chords through use of instructional and multimedia software. In addition, students will begin to obtain piano accompaniment skills.


Day 1:
After reviewing Major and Minor 7th Chords, students will start Alfred’s Essentials of Music Theory 2, Volume 3, Lesson 50 on V7 (Dominant 7th) Chords with teacher assistance.

Open completion of the lesson, students will then select an 8 measure phrase out of a songbook of their choosing to work with.

After selecting a song, students then open the D’Accord Keyboard Chord Dictionary Software. The software allows students to enter the name of a chord into the program and it in return shows the student the chord on a keyboard with proper fingerings.

Students will enter each chord of the 8 measure phrase, write down the note names of each chord and also write down the proper fingers.

Day 2:
Students practice playing the chord one at a time until they are able to perform the entire 8 measure phrase at a consistent tempo.

When students gain confidence with the performance, the teacher will play the given melody in the upper register while the student performs the chord progression.


Aural evaluation will be based on the accuracy of the chord progression performance as well as a written quiz on 7th chords.

Follow Up:

Continued analysis and performance of the song

Additional song performance / analysis of a new song

Composition of an original chord progression and melody that can be performed with the teacher melody or improvisation


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