When I’m teaching major triads to my piano students, I want them to see the visual patterns. Noticing this pattern of white and black keys is what will help them to memorise and internalise the chords as quickly as possible.
I’ve been experimenting with using my musical alphabet blocks to reinforce these patterns with great success. But I was looking for more ways to further cement this concept.
Then, I was watching a mastermind in Tim Topham’s Inner Circle with Susan Deas and it hit me.
You see, Susan reviews the chords using a grid with each of the chords on it. She points to each chord at random at a given speed (with a metronome I believe) and students have to play the chord to pass the “test”.
I’ve taken this idea – and I added another level.
My major triad grid sheets that I’m sharing with you today, also include a sheet which emphasises the visual patterns. Students will using the patterned sheet in the beginning, before transitioning to the random sheets.
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Major Triads Flipped Learning Video
Teaching major triads is easy when you focus on how they’re built. Feel free to send these videos to parents for their kids to watch, use it in group lessons or as part of lab time.
These videos are designed to be clear and concise so that students can watch them – and then get on with some writing work for reinforcement. Saving you time to do fun activities during the lesson time.
More Flipped Thinking Theory
If you liked this music theory video about teaching major triads, you might also like these others:
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- Flipped Note & Rest Values
- Flipped Dynamics
- Flipped Accidentals, Tones & Semitones
- Flipped Articulation Marks
- Flipped C and G Major Scales
- Flipped Tempo Marks
- Flipped Ledger Line Landmark Notes
- Flipped Intermediate Note Values
- Flipped Note Stem Rules
- Flipped Solfa Scale Singing
- Flipped D & F Major Scales
- Flipped Note Grouping/Beaming
- Flipped Expression Marks
- Flipped Rest Grouping
How do you go about teaching major triads?
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