This week we are covering the following GA Standards:
1. Major and Minor Key Signatures and Forms of Scales
2. The tonal relationship between key areas or Tonal Centers.
3. Sight-Singing and Melodic Dictation.
You will need to be able to define the following tonal relationships.
1. Relative Keys: Keys that have the same pitches (key Signature) but different tonic. (F and d)
2. Parallel Keys: Keys that share a tonic, but have different key signatures. (A and a)
3. Enharmonic Equivalent Keys: Keys that have a tonic that is Enharmonic (F# and Gb)
4. Closely Related Keys: Keys that are within ONE accidental of each other. (C, a, G, e, F, d)
5. Foreign Keys: Keys that are NOT Closely Related. (D, E)
CHAPTER 1, PART 1: EXAM is this Friday (August 29th). Be able to notate Major scales and the three forms of minor scales: natural, melodic, and harmonic, both with and without accidentals, as well as correctly define key signatures in Major and minor modes and their relationship to each other.
Major Scale: Half steps between 3/4 and 7/8
Natural Minor Scale: Half steps between 2/3 and 5/6 (Matches the Key Signature)
Harmonic Minor Scale: Half steps between 2/3, 5/6 and 7/8. (It is a natural minor scale with a raised 7th scale degree.
Melodic Minor Scale: Half steps between 2/3 and 7/8. (It is a natural minor scale with raised 6th and 7th scale degrees and then use the natural minor on the descent.)
Wednesday, August 27th, there will be a Melodic Dictation Exam.
The next sight-singing test will be Wednesday, September 3rd. Examples #6-11.
We will alternate Dictation Tests and Sight Singing Tests on Wednesdays.
Ms. Buonamici has a Master's Degree in Music Theory from Colorado State University. She is aware of her uber-geeky status.