Harmonization Worksheets

As a follow-up to the Connect-A-Chord game I used at my April group classes, I whipped up several short melody harmonization worksheets.    I’m planning to do more composing and improv with students over the summer, and these make a great “warm-up” activity to get us thinking that way again.

The Connect-A-Chord game challenged students to think of all the possible triads that could go with a given note.   I’ve been asking students to use that same skill to add some “color” to these worksheets.   We start by filling out the sheet using basic I, IV and V7 harmonies.  Then, we choose a couple of chords that students would like to make more interesting.  We list several different possibilities – perhaps a minor or even diminished chord would help us to accent an unusual word in the lyrics.  Students then play the phrase using each of their new chord options and select one.   As time permits, we experiment with different accompaniment styles.  It’s been a great activity to fill some time and give students a little bit of variety in the weeks leading up to our studio recital without adding to their home practice load during this busy time of year.

There are 4 different songs available for download on my studio site:  Baby Bumblebee, Boom Boom Ain’t It Great to Be Crazy, I’m Going Out To Eat Worms and Great Green Gobs.    (Notice the ‘silly’ theme?  I’ve been having a lot of fun surfing through the BusSongs website I recently discovered and have found that my students don’t know a lot of these great ‘classics’!   We’re going to have to do something about that!!)

Great Green Gobs Harmonization
Great Green Gobs Harmonization
Great Green Gobs.pdf
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Going Out To Eat Worms Harmonization
Going Out To Eat Worms Harmonization
Going Out to Eat Worms.pdf
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Boom, Boom Ain't It Great Harmonization
Boom, Boom Ain't It Great Harmonization
Boom, Boom Aint It Great.pdf
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Baby BumbleBee Harmonization
Baby BumbleBee Harmonization
Baby Bumblebee.pdf
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Harmonization Worksheets — 3 Comments

  1. In the last measure of your “Baby Bumblebee” Harmonizing song, there are 3 quarter notes when the song is in 4/4. Just letting you know so you can fix the worksheet. By the way, I love all of your ideas! Your very creative!! 😀

  2. Hi Catherine,

    I actually did it that way on purpose since there’s a pickup note at the beginning of the song. I know that some books don’t always change the last measure when there’s a pickup note, but it confuses my students since they know how it’s “supposed” to be! Thanks for dropping by!

    Jen

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