About This Chapter
Who's it for?
This unit of our AP Music Theory Homeschool Curriculum course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about scales, keys and modes. There is no faster or easier way to learn about musical keys and scales. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about major keys, minor keys and the different types of musical scales.
- Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
- Homeschool parents who need a music curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
- Gifted students and students with learning differences.
How it works:
- Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
- Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
- Short quizzes and a Scales, Keys and Modes unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.
Scales, Keys and Modes Unit Objectives:
- Understand the roles of accidentals, notes, pitch and tonality in scales.
- Learn to differentiate among the different types of scales.
- Differentiate between major and minor keys.
- Find the common key signatures in a major tonality.
- Discover if all musical pieces have flats and sharps.
1. Understanding and Building Musical Scales: Definitions & Types of Scales
What is a 'scale' in music? How do tonality, pitch, and accidentals play a role in making a scale? What kinds of notes make up a scale? What is the difference between a Major scale, minor scale, blues scale, and pentatonic scale? Learn all about scales in this lesson!
2. How to Determine Major Key Signatures in Music
What is a key signature? How can you tell the key of a song by just looking at it? Are there flats and sharps in all songs? What are some common key signatures in the Major tonality? Find out in this lesson!
3. How to Determine Minor Key Signatures in Music
Key signatures are useful in playing and understanding music, but how do you know if the key signature is for a Major or a minor key? Find out in this lesson!
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