Scales in Music Notation

Scales in Music Notation

Ted Rausch
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Portsmouth High School

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:



High School


Music Theory


Finale, Synthesizer or MIDI controller


15 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

Students are learning to formulate scales by identifying intervals (whole step & half step) andby using key signatures

NAfME Standards of 1994 Addressed:

NAfME Standards of 1994: Composing and Arranging Music within specified guidelines.
NAfME Standards of 1994: Reading and notating music.

NAfME 2014: Creating 

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

NAfME 2014: Responding 


Students will be using Finale Notepad for part of their assignment


Students will be writing different scales using different rhythm patterns. Students will be using a notation program to write scales and to listen to each scale. Students will be writing the C, F, Bb, Eb, and Ab scale


1. Students will be asked to write a series of scales (C,F,Bb,Eb,Ab) on paper using whole notes.
2.. Each student will transfer the scales onto a notation program.
3. They will use different rhythm patterns for each scale. Ex: C – whole notes, F-Quarter notes, Bb-eighth notes, Eb-sixteenth notes,Ab-combination of quarter notes, eighth notes, and sixteenth notes.
4. All scales will be written without keysignatures-accidentals will be used.


Students will listen to each scale and fix any problems that they can identify.

Follow Up:

1. Students will continue to write all of the major and minor scales using Finale Notepad (for homework)
2. Students will be writing scales for bass & treble clefs
3. STudents will eventually be using Finale notepad to write their homework assignments to be shared in class.

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