Major and Minor Scale Practice

Major and Minor Scale Practice 

Rebecca Rhodes
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Brandywine Heights High School

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Electronic Musical Instruments


High School


Music Theory


Computer Music Notation Program (Finale, Sibelius, Encore, etc.)
Finale will be used in this lesson.


20 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

Students have experienced the construction of major, and minor (natural, harmonic, melodic) scales.

Students have experienced basic piano skills.

Students have used Finale or Finale PrintMusic to set up a new document and input pitches using Speedy Entry (step-time MIDI).

NAfME Standards of 1994 Addressed:

NAfME Standards of 1994: Reading and notating music.

NAfME 2014: Creating 


Music Synthesizer
Notation Software (Finale, Sibelius, Encore, etc.)


At the conclusion of this lesson:

Students will demonstrate their ability to play major, natural minor, harmonic minor, and melodic minor scales on the piano keyboard.

Students will be able to notate major, natural minor, harmonic minor, and melodic minor scales on the staff using the Finale Music Writing program.



  1. Students will use Finale or Finale PrintMusic to create a new project using the Document Setup Wizard. Students should input the following information in the Document Setup Wizard: Title: Scale Worksheet; Composer: Name of Student; Instrument: Piano (No Staff Name); Time Signature: Common Time; Key Signature: C Major.
  2. 2. Using tep-Time MIDIä, the students shall input the following scales: D Major,(ascending), D natural minor (ascending), D harmonic minor (ascending), and D melodic minor (ascending and descending). The student shall use the right hand to play the notes for the treble clef, and the left hand to play the notes for the bass clef.
  3. Appropriate accidentals shall be played on the piano, and will be placed to the left of the note on the staff.
  4. Print the final product and submit to the instructor.


Completed project will be evaluated based upon accuracy of the scale patterns. Classroom discussion, feedback, and further practice, if necessary, will follow.

Follow Up:


  1. Students will use notation software tools to apply articulations, tempo, and dynamics to the scales, then playback or perform on their individual instrument.
  2. Students will use the key signature tool to apply the appropriate key signature to the scale.

Items to Purchase:

Notation Software (Finale, Sibelius, Encore, etc.)
Music Synthesizer

When budget should be submitted:

9 months prior to new school year

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