Scales and scale-like passages

History of the World in Seven Acts

There are 7 notes in the musical alphabet (C D E F G A B).

When 8 or more consecutive notes are played, one after the other, (e.g. C D E F G A B C) it is called a SCALE.

Most Western music is based around MAJOR (happy sounding) and MINOR (sad sounding) scales. A ‘scale-like’ passage might have fewer notes, or some small leaps in it as well.

Below are the films required for this lesson. The PDF downloads include: the Scheme of Work (which includes all lesson plans) and lesson plan 4 as a single document.


Files to download: