Teaching Harmony & Chords
It’s easy to see that Beat Blocks represent the linear quality of rhythm, but lets not forget that they also stack vertically. Much like melodies, notes are stacked on top of each other to create scales and harmony, and each melody “block” serves a function within its place. Try out the next few lessons to give your students the opportunity to explore and manipulate melodic qualities. The deeper their understanding of melodic structure, the more tools they have to create!
My new interactive iBook has some lessons you just need to check out regarding melody and harmony.
Beat Blocks ® Chord Packs allow your students to literally build chords with color-coded chord tones. Customize your chord packs as needed for your curriculum by deciding how many chords, what key, and adding any 7ths.
Chords are built up, but linear harmony also exists. Use the color-coded chord tones to compose harmonic patterns.
Treble clef placement
Chord Packs include treble clef placement on the backside of note names. Customize your own to change clefs or keys.
Rhythm + Chord tones
Students can compose quickly using color-coded chord tones. Any tone within the chord works, but which one works BEST?
12 Bar Blues
The 12 Bar Blues notated on downbeats on Beat Blocks ®