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Building a graphic library, one 7th at a time (Major and Minor 7th chords)


Playing around with the major octave scale lead me to a much deeper understanding of Major 7th Chords. 

Take aways from this-

Using a progress bar can give your students a nudge. It is easier to hit a target when you can see it in front of you.

Getting students to play all of the keys on the piano regularly, even before they understand how to read the notes makes it easier for students to make progress.

Graphic libraries can boost your online teaching.

When you create graphics to share with your students, minimize the stuff on the page. 

Happy Teaching!


The full graphic library for the Major 7th chords is an added bonus to the 4 Note and Octave scale graphic library here


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4 note scales


Do you teach 4 note scales? They are often called tetrachords, but I am moving away from the term to make playing and understanding them easier for students.

This summer has been the summer of deconstructing how I teach. I want to make it easier for my students to learn what I am teaching, and I want to increase the efficiency of online teaching.

Once again, I'm  Chicken-and-egging-it to have students learn scales and key signatures. 

For teaching root position triads, it is helpful to have a student learn 5 note scales. 

However, for full octave scales and 7th chords, using the 4 note scales is more useful. And, teaching the 4 octave scales by going around the circle of 5ths backwards seems to be an effective way of reinforcing the relationships between the keys.

All of this seems really complicated in words, but the graphic library for the 4 note scales I'm working on makes it easy for a student to do in a lesson. 

Every online lesson I am now...

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