Key Signatures Worksheets
Major and Minor Keys
Key Signatures can be a tricky concept to get over to music students.
It's all very well teaching students that each key signature has a different number of #'s and b's in it and then asking them to recite a list ("one sharp in the key of G , two sharps in the key of D" etc) but in a perfect world knowledge of key signatures would be a symptom of a much broader and deeper level of understanding?
The music teacher's resources package features a series of key signatures worksheets that progress through the keys in both sharps and flats as well as material (see the free downloadable worksheet that is available on this page) which asks students to provide key signatures in no particular order.
Used in conjunction with the sheets that feature scales and key signatures combined these worksheets are an ideal way to indroduce students to concepts and to reinforce knowledge.
A feature of many graded examination syllabuses is that key signatures are "drip fed" through the grades (for example students may be required to be familiar with key signatures up to two sharps to be awarded a preliminary or an early grades certificate.
This kind of approach to learning can "fragment" what is after all a single subject.
It is surely better for a student to develop a "joined up" knowledge of how scales are constructed rather than to have to remember a list of which notes are in each key?
Students who fully understand a single major scale (in terms of the sequence of intervals that make it up) have very little trouble in transferring that "secure" knowledge into the construction of any Major (or for that matter minor) Scale
To help your students to aquire this "joined up" knowledge base you can download 200 professionally prepared handouts that can be printed over and over again for less than the price of a single textbook!
Key Signatures and key signature worksheets are not the only thing going on here! Have a look around the site and please feel free to download and use un your classroom any the free resources that you feel may be useful?
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