•             Chromaticism – Students learn the concept of half-steps. They demonstrate their knowledge by performing a D Chromatic Scale at the end of the lesson.
     
              Harmony – Students learn the concept of Major and Minor Harmonization. They demonstrate their knowledge by performing a D Major Chord and a D Minor Chord, each student playing a different tone in the chord. 
     
             Five-Note Melody – Students experiment with melody using Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol. They compose a melody that is four measures in length – two measures are a question phrase, while the concluding two measures become the answer phrase. The answer will end on Do as a whole note. They demonstrate their knowledge by writing out their melody then performing it in unison.
     
             A Thousand Years Melody - Students listen to the melody of this popular song and attempt to figure it out by ear.  
     
             I - V - I  Chord Progression - Students learn the concept of harmonic changes. They begin on a D chord in root position, move to an A chord in root position, and finally hold a D chord in root position for two measures.  Students demonstrate their knowledge by performing the chord progression, each student choosing a different chord tone, while I play a melody over their progression.  
     
             Students become investigators, finding out who wrote some famous melodies.  Many songs are written because of inspiration from life events. 
     
             Students produce an original plot summary for their film, then produce a musical theme to fit the mood of a film.
     
             Students learn how to change the voicing of the I - V - I chord progression in order to make it sound smooth.
     
             Students learn the minor i - v - i chord progression.  They then create a melody in d minor that works with the progression and becomes a "sad song". 
     
Last Modified on February 19, 2014