Course

Subject
Developed by

Music 08
Music

Grade Level
Time Frame

Grade 8
45 min

Liam Hertzsprung

Stage 1: Desired Results – Program of Studies
Content Standard(s)
Enduring Understandings/Big Ideas (Program of
Studies):
Students will understand that . . .

Essential Questions (Program of Studies):
Content specific . . .
What are the essential elements of a musical structure?

Triads are a fundamental part of the organization of the
structural elements of music.
Related misconceptions . . .

Prior Knowledge:
What do students already know . . .
C major scale
C major arpeggio

Music is complicated/inaccessible/too hard for junior high
students to understand
Composing chord progressions is difficult
Knowledge objectives (key outcomes):
Students will know . . .
- How to construct a triad
- How to compose a basic chord progression

Skills/Attitudes objectives (key outcomes):
Students will be able to . . .
- construct a triad and compose a basic chord progression

Stage 2: Assessment Evidence
Performance Task(s):
Construct at least three or four triads
Compose a chord progression with those four triads
Materials and Resources:
Ipads
Music notation paper
Pencils
Headphones
Differentiated Instruction:
Allow for students to understand triads through notation
using staff paper, or just by visualizing the triad on the
keyboard, or by auditory analysis.
Formative Assessments
Can the student construct a triad

Summative Assessments
Nothing yet.

Can they understand how a chord progression is created
Stage 3 – Lesson
Outline
Time
Stage of Lesson
(Min)
5 min
Hook
10 min
5 min
5 min
15 min

Explanation of
Triad
Explanation of
triads in the
context of a scale
Explanation of
chord progression
Build chord
progressions!

Activity

Key Outcomes

Evidence

Listen to a few songs; determine
the chord progression
Demonstrate and dialogue about
how a triad is formed
Explain and display how a triad
makes sense within the context of
a scale.
Demonstrate and dialogue about
how a chord progression is
formed using triads
Build chord progressions!

Understand that music is made
of basic chord progressions
Understand how a triad is
formed
Understand that triads are
always conceived of in the
context of a scale or a key.
Understand how chord
progressions are formed

Conversation,
observation, product
Conversation,
observation, product
Conversation,
observation, product

Understand one way of how a
song is written.

Conversation,
observation, product

Conversation,
observation, product

Stage 4 – Reflection
Considerations
Comments
How has learner differentiation been
Numerous genres of music will be explored
addressed?
Students can use iPads and sheet paper to explore triad notation
Students will use auditory, visual, and kinesthetic aspects to stimulate learning
Students will write their own chord unique chord progression
How does the lesson include a variety
of teaching?

What changes would I make for next
time?

The lesson will include lecture, demonstrations, and interactions between students
and teacher in an effective synergy of deep learning.