It’s scale month in my studio! This February, we’ve put a special emphasis on scales – building them, playing them, memorizing them… you name it, we’ve done it! Several of my students are preparing for spring theory exams, so it’s given us a good opportunity to review the foundations of scale construction. And thanks to our February extra credit incentive challenge that rewarded students with a Cranium Coin for every major or minor scale they could successfully perform, even those students who aren’t signed up for theory exams have been faithfully working on their scales.
Several years ago, I made a set of gemstone triad cards to help students practice triad construction. This month, I made a similar set of cards for students to use as they practiced building major and minor scales:
To use the cards, you’ll need a set of gemstones (these can be purchased at most craft stores) or similar small manipulatives. The starting and ending note of the scale are marked on the card; it’s the student’s job to fill in the rest of the notes.
These cards work well in private lessons, or as a station activity at a group lesson. For a little more fun, we used these in conjunction with this set of BINGO boards at our last group lesson. Each student started with a blank BINGO board and a set of scale cards. I called out a scale degree (i.e. “3rd step” or “6th step”), and students took turns calling out answers and marking the note on their BINGO boards.
You can download the cards from the Flash Cards page. Stay tuned for more new scale resources coming soon!