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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Food for Major Triads

When introducing the major triads I like to use some food analogies to help my students remember what they look like on the keys.
For example:
"The Vanillas" are C, G & F - all white keys, like a triple decker vanilla cone
"The Hamburgers" are D, A & E - white on the outside and black in the middle, like a hamburger
"The Oreos" are E-flat, A-flat & D-flat - black on the outside and white in the middle, like an oreo
"The Oddballs" B, B-flat & F# are just odd, they don't fit in with any of the other triads
For a group lesson I had my students cut & paste small pictures of ice cream cones, hamburgers, oreos and draw their own oddballs on a Circle of 5ths chart. They especially enjoyed designing their own oddballs:). I find this activity especially helpful for students who are visual learners. A few times I've even rewarded the students at the end of their lesson with an oreo when they can play all of their "oreo triads."

2 comments:

  1. Love it! You are so creative. I would like to add links to some of your blog posts in our "Helpful Resources" section on The Teaching Studio, if you don't mind!

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  2. Oh, VERY cute! I have used the hamburger and oddballs, but with other names for the vanillas and oreos. I like yours better since they're all the same kind of thing, food. And fun food at that!

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