Year 7 :  Chords

Lesson 1



(a)  To learn the concept of chord
(b)  To plan a composition based on two note chords.

Notes for guidance

Recommended software
To hear the MIDI files, a plug-in is required to hear them.  The standard Windows media player is barely adequate.  A preferred MIDI player is the crescendo plug-in.

ICT opportunities
The teacher could prepare a MIDI file on a sequencer, of the 4 chords given.  The pupils should play along with the sequencer track and improvise using different rhythms.
Using a scorewriter, the pupil could play in the 4 chords as a record of the work done.

Pitched percussion instruments such as keyboards and glockenspiels.

Teacher notes
This is a very flexible project and could be tackled with individuals, pairs of pupils or large groups of pupils.  When using keyboards, the features of the particular keyboards could be used effectively, such as rhythms (styles), fill in and tempo change.