music theory (intervals)

For students of 8th to 9th grade.

Area of learning: music theory               
Title/Topic/Focus: music theory & aural test 
Class: year 8—year 9
Lesson Prepared by: Xing Fan

What are the students going to learn? Key Concepts /Specific Learning Outcome(s)Remember to be realistic about what can be achieved in the available time.
1. Understand the rule of building intervals
2. Identify the colour of each interval (1st-8th interval)
3. Ear training on intervals
Preparation/booking checklist:  keyboard, computer, internet
Resources: Music theory book

INTRODUCING THE LESSON
1.Reviewing prior knowledge:
•Previous music theories (clefs, nots, bars, rests) 
•Movements of single note
2.Introduce intervals (two notes play together)	

DEVELOPING THE LESSON
1. Colour of each interval
•Play couple of melodies to assist students memorise and understand broken-interval (play 2 notes separately)
•based on movement of single note, encourage students hum each of note and enlighten students to feel and identify the distance of 2 notes
•introduce common interval (two notes play together): structure (1st. 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th 8th (octaves) intervals)
• introduce common interval: colour of sound 
       Level 1: Uncomfortable: 2nd 7th
       Level 2: Comfortable: 3rd 6th
       Level 3: Perfect: 1st 4th 5th 8th 

2.Aural testing
Group activity: 4 students as a group to work together and compete with other groups
1)Play twice a broken interval (eg. C-E), ask students find out the distance of those 2 notes
2)Play twice a common interval (eg.C-E), ask students firstly find out what level will be , then singing out, finally  depending on the distance of 2 notes justify what interval will be 
Eg:  C-E
1)Feel that it is level 2-comfrotable
2)Hum out that it is short distance-3rd 

CONCLUDING THE LESSON
1. Summarised the rule of building interval
2. Colour of each types of interval 	

ASSESSMENT
Filling worksheet (from a music theory book)