In Chord Watching 1, we practice a chord listening exercise with the C Major chord. As this is our first chord listening exercise, students only have to identify whether they hear a group of musical notes (the C Major chord) or the sound of thunder and lightning (which is a non-musical sound).
In "Chord Listening I", we...
- Identify the C Major chord by the sound
- Practice distinguishing musical sounds and non-musical sounds
- Review the C Major chord as a combination of Do Mi Sol
- Put our hands on our heart when we hear our home-base chord (Do Mi Sol)
Chord Listening I Follow Up Activities
Call & Response with Do Mi Sol
If you have your bells or an instrument available, try playing a 3 note pattern on Do Mi Sol, and see if your learner can repeat after you. We’re going to play a lot of call and response style games like this, and it’s always worth getting some extra practice with the C Major chord.
If you don’t have an instrument, this is a perfect lesson to watch again, because it focuses on listening and aural comprehension, which is generally practiced without an instrument.
You can also ask your child some simple follow-up questions about what they learned in music this week.
- How did you recognize the difference between musical sounds and thunderstorms?
- What chord were you listening for today?
- Were there any other sounds in class that made it hard to focus on the right notes?
- What are the notes in a C MAJOR Chord?
In the next video, we’ll be learning about all the notes in a C Majo scale. This includes C, D, E, F, G, A, B, and High C. If your learner has had fun in this episode with a couple extra notes, then next week will be a total blast!