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The following material is a more in depth look at the resources. It should be stressed that the materials are divided into topic areas (scales, chords, theory etc) and the sequence of subject areas on this page is not the order in which the worksheets and handouts should be presented to students



Music Theory


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Theory Handouts: 13 Sheets

Thirteen handouts (as opposed to worksheets) covering some key concepts of music theory. Areas covered include Major Scales, Minor Scales, Blues Scales, Major and Minor Pentatonic Scales and the four main types of triad (Major Minor Augmented and Diminished) as well as the four diatonic 7th chords (maj7, m7, 7 and m7(b5) chords

The handouts seve equally well as wall charts covering key concepts and topics for your music classroom wall




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Theory Tests: 20 Sheets

Ten basic one sheet theory tests and ten more advanced ones. The tests can be used as a diagnostic tool (to find out accurately student's level of understanding with relation to notes, scales, chords and keys) as well as a reliable way to track progress throughout a term or semester





Scales and Intervals


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Whole and Half Step Intervals: 5 Sheets

In order to construct Major and minor scales our students only need to initially develop an understanding of whole-step and half-step intervals. There are five sheets designed to introduce the concept of these intervals and then to reinforce understanding of those concepts


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Note Naming and Scale Spelling: 36 Sheets

There are a whole range of sheets here that look at the principles which underpin the correct naming of notes here that do not rely upon notation. This material also includes worksheets with varying levels of graphic support (keyboard diagrams and scale formulae etc). When students understand the principles involved then worksheets designed to be used later in a programme of study featuring notation and a musical staff may be introduced

The 36 sheets that make up this part of the download are designed to allow a teacher to cover the same ground with a group of students who have differing levels of prior knowledge, attainment and capability. Some sheets have no need of notation and feature a whole load of "prompts" (in the form of keyboard diagrams, scale formulae etc) whereas others require students to use their own learning to this point and go straight to using notated music.


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Major Scale Note Naming Only: 4 Sheets

How to correctly identify the names of the notes in any Major Key using the "correct" starting note and sequence of whole-step and half-step intervals. These resources are among the most well used and valued materials in the download. If you enlarge the graphic above you will see the small circle (between each of the large circles) contains a "W" (for a whole-step) or an "H" (indicating a half-step interval). Used alongside the keyboard graphic at the top of each sheet these resources are a great way to help ensure that ALL of your students understand the Major Scale


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Mixed Scale Spelling Worksheets: 4 Sheets

When students are secure with the way that Major Scales are constructed from pre determined sequence of whole and half-step intervals then it is time to bring the same principles to bear with a look at the sequences of intervals that make up other common scale types. A great way to keep more theoretically advanced students gainfully occupied while you spend time explaining first principles to the relative novices in your class group


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Major Scales with Key Signatures: 8 Sheets

Materials designed to help class members to fully understand how keys work and that all keys essentially follow the same "rules" rather than just to be able to recite the number of sharps or flats in each key


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Key Signature Worksheets: 4 Sheets

This material provides an opportunity to develop and reinforce a familiarity with keys and key signatures. If you look at the worksheets above you will see that two of them have a visual "prompt" in the form of a keyboard graphic while the remaining pair oblige a student to complete the worksheets using only the theories and concepts that they have internalised




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Mixed Scale Worksheets Musical Staff Only: 5 Sheets

Material for more advanced students who are already (or who have become as a result of your wonderful teaching!) familiar with musical notation or who are ready to start working with it. There are no graphic "prompts" (keyboard diagrams, scale formulae etc) on these worksheets and there are a whole range of scales (Major pentatonic, minor pentatonic and Blues Scales) featured among the standard Major and minor forms


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Major Scales with Formulae and Keyboard Graphic: 4 Sheets

Unlike the resources immediately above them these worksheets cover the same ground (Major scale construction) but offer your learners visual support in the form of scale formulae and keyboard digrams etc. If you enlarge the image you will see that the small circles that separate the larger ones contain the scale formulae ("W" for whole-step intervals and "H" for half-step ones)


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Major Scales: 4 Sheets

The Major scale is so important to music theory because all other scales are understood with reference to how it is constructed. These sheets are intended to help our students to develop a "joined up" knowledge of how music theory works. It is important to remember that all students will not be required to complete all worksheets. The sheets presented (out of sequence remember?) on this page will be used until a learner has a solid understanding of the subject matter under study before moving on to the next topic (see the free lesson plans for more information with relation to the order in which an educator should present these materials)


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Minor Scales with Keyboard Graphic: 7 Sheets

Minor scales with graphic assistance in the form of a piano keyboard and a scale formulae gives the opportunity for learners to expand their knowledge by the application of principles and techniques learned when using similar materials presented earlier in the programme


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Harmonic Minor Scale Spellings: 2 Sheets

No explanation needed here? The title says it all


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Minor Scales with Key Signatures: 4 Sheets

Again no real need for me to bang on about minor keys?


music theory minor scale worksheet with key signatures

Major Scales to Blues Scales: 10 Sheets

I mentioned earlier in this page about how important it was that a student fully understands how Major Scales are constructed before they can hope to develop a secure knowledge of how other scales (in this case The Blues Scale) work. The worksheets here (presented with varying levels of graphic and notational support) require a student to identify the notes of a Major Scale before examining what needs to change before a Blues Scale based on the same root note can be constructed. These worksheets are a gret way to ensure that students get "under the hood" with relation to developing an understanding of music theory


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Major, Minor and Blues Scales: 6 Sheets

Similar in principle to the worksheets above but with the introduction of minor scales. Some of the "nitty gritty" of understanding how music works with some of the materials specifically designed with guitar playing students in mind


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Scales Within Scales 7 Sheets

Helping our students to understand "relative minors" and how Major and (natural) minor scales contain the same notes but with a different starting point


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Pentatonic Major and Minor Scales: 16 Sheets

Developing a students knowledge of the scales that can be constructed by selecting (some of the) notes of Major and minor scales



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Intervals: 6 Sheets

A set of worksheets that looks at all intervals (not just the whole and half step ones covered earlier)

Chords

Major and Minor Chord Construction: 6 Sheets

Materials covering Major and minor triads

Scales Keys and Chords (triads): 10 Sheets

Worksheets requiring students to identify the letter names of the notes of a specified Major Scale. They are then tasked with writing out the scale on a staff (using accidentals). From there they go on to use the accidentals to determine the key signature. Finally they have the opportunity to notate the seven diatonic triads that can be formed from the notes of the scale. This series of worksheets can also be used with 7th chords

More Triad Worksheets: 14 Sheets

Students are required to notate specified Major Scales before taking the root, third and fifth notes of the scale to notate the major chord that is based on the first (root) note of it

The Diatonic Chord System: 10 Sheets

Learners are invited to notate a given Major Scale and then to notate and name the chords that can be constructed from it

Triads and Diatonic Puzzles: 13 Sheets

7 Piano keyboard chord diagrams. Students are required to identify the chords and then to specify the key to which all of them belong. These worksheets are a great way to make students familiar with (as opposed to merely "aware of") the diatonic system

Diatonic Notation Worksheets: 11 Sheets

More worksheets designed to help students familiarise themselves with the chords to be found in particular keys

Chord Inversions and Triads: 6 Sheets

Students are presented with a series of keyboard diagrams featuring chords in root position, first inversion or second inversion. they are asked to identify the chord and any inversion that applies to it. This material can be very useful for students who may not be keyboards players but who create music on Digital Audio Workstations

Scales Keys and 7th Chords: 10 Sheets

Diatonic 7th chord worksheets giving learners the opportunity to notate chords in a range of keys

Diatonic 7th Chords Worksheets: 10 Sheets

7th chord worksheets that feature a keyboard graphic but which do not require the student to notate music. They are asked to identify the letter names of a range of 7th chords

7th Chord Worksheets: 30 Sheets

A whole range of worksheets (some requiring students to notate and some not)themed around developing and reinforcing a sound knowledge of more "complicated" chords

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