This lesson focuses on Chords and Cadences. Specific content is as follows: Major/ Minor/ Diminished/ Augmented chords and how they fit into major and minor keys; Root Position/ First Inversion/ Second Inversion chords; Perfect/ Imperfect/ Plagal/ Interrupted/ Tierce de Picardie Cadences. Students are taken through the information with both an information sheet, and a step-by-step PowerPoint. 12 x written/ notation tasks spread over 3 x activities develop students’ ability to create, identify and interpret all basic chord types and the 5 main types of cadence (mentioned above). 10 x listening questions conclude the lesson, in which students’ ability to distinguish between Perfect and Imperfect cadences is developed. Two Tierce de Picardie cadences are also included in the listening test to challenge more gifted musicians. By the end of the lesson students will have a secure knowledge of chords and cadences.

This download includes a 33-slide animated and beautifully-presented PowerPoint, annotated with detailed teaching guidance notes, to make delivery of the lesson smooth and efficient – plus a 4-page student information sheet, 4-page activity sheet and 3-page detailed answers sheet. With regards to the listening questions, MP3s are provided (and they are always my own compositions), and you may well want to insert the audios into the slide rather than use media player.

I take great pride in my resources, and the time and effort I put into them is immediately clear. I am confident that you will find this topic to be fully and comprehensively resourced in order to meet both your needs and the needs of your students… and it will save you (literally) hours of planning, too. I welcome any questions and feedback, and I can be contacted at rainynightmusic@hotmail.com. Thank you for considering my resources for your classroom.

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  • GCSE-Music-Lessons---Harmony-and-Tonality---Chords-and-Cadences---Info---Worksheet---Answers.pdf
  • Question-1---Perfect-Cadence.mp3
  • Question-2---Tierce-de-Picardie.mp3
  • Question-3---Imperfect-Cadence.mp3
  • Question-4---Perfect-Cadence.mp3
  • Question-5---Imperfect-Cadence.mp3
  • Question-6---Tierce-de-Picardie.mp3
  • Question-7---Perfect-Cadence.mp3
  • Question-8---Imperfect-Cadence.mp3
  • Question-9---Perfect-Cadence.mp3
  • Question-10---Imperfect-Cadence.mp3
  • GCSE-Music-Lessons---Harmony-and-Tonality---Harmony---Chords-and-Cadences---Supporting-PowerPoint.pptx

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Created: Oct 29, 2018

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