Key Signature Recognition

Key Signature Recognition

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Kennedy Middle School

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:



Middle School


General Music


Notation Software


40 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

Basic notation reading skills

NAfME Standards of 1994 Addressed:

NAfME Standards of 1994: Reading and notating music.

NAfME 2014: Creating 

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

NAfME 2014: Responding 


Key Signature Worksheet #1


The purpose of this lesson plan is to reinforce a student’s understanding of key signatures and how changing a key in which a piece is written alters the overall pitch of the music.


Each pair of students is given Key Signature Worksheet #1. They should play the first version of the melody in C Major and then discuss how the second version is different from the first. They should then play the second version, paying special attention to the notes altered by the key signature. The same procedure is used for the third version of the melody.


Students should be able to play all three versions of the melody on a keyboard

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