Keyboard Basics in Band Class
Unlike piano, wind instruments do not provide a visual representation of music. By teaching students the basics of the keyboard, they can picture theory concepts in their heads. Showing them how a keyboard works specifically helps them with understanding:
- Half step
- Whole Step
- Chromatic Scale
- Day 1 – write the note names on the white keys and talk about interval/half step.
- Day 2 – learn sharp/flat/natural. Write the names of the black keys.
- Day 3 – review and learn enharmonic.
- Day 4 – learn natural half step/whole step
- Day 5 – chromatic scale
- Day 6 – learn whole step
- Day 7 – review/assessment
- Optionally, learn tetrachord/major scale over a number of lessons. Focus on how music has patterns so this can later be related to minor scales, arpeggios, etc. Many schools don’t have time to dive as deep into theory, but if you see your students daily, we recommend you teach this.
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