Major and minor
Duration: 1 lesson
The following games are used for this exercise: the Museum and the Car Wash.
The pupils will achieve the following skills:
"They will become acquainted with the terms major and minor
"They will be able to tell the difference
"They will be able to recognise major and minor when listening to them
"They will be able to use the proper names when discussing music
"They will be aware of how major and minor affect the music
The pupils must acquire knowledge of major and minor on their own by reading about major and minor and listening to the examples in book No. 1 in the brown bookcase at the museum.
Furthermore, the pupils must play the game Car Wash. In the game, Betty's car is soiled by bird droppings. When the music is playing in major, the pupils can shoot the pigeons using pellets so that they stop staining the car for a while. When the music is playing in minor, the pupils can wash the car. All pieces of music are played in major and minor so it is not sufficient only to listen to the melody.
If the pupils have made too many mistakes in the subgames, they can always return to the museum and read about/listen to everything again.
Launch the activity by writing on the blackboard:
"Log on to www.themusicgame.net. Go to the Museum and hear what the custodian has to say".
Always use the terms major and minor when talking with the pupils.
Instructions for the pupils
The custodian's speech
"Hello! Hello! Good to see you. Betty needs your help. She's very fond of cars and her red car is practically covered in bird droppings. But in order for you to help her, you have to know what major and minor is. And you need to be able to tell the difference.
Luckily, we've a book about major and minor here at the Museum. You have to read it and you also have to listen to the different musical examples. Listen carefully because you'll need it in order to help Betty. When you're ready, you must find Betty and her car. It's easy to recognise her on her red dress and blond hair.
If you can't remember everything, you can read my note on the notice board."
The custodian's note
Betty needs your help. Her car is practically covered in bird droppings. But in order for you to help her, you need to know what major is and what minor is. And you need to be able to tell the difference.
Read the book about major and minor here at the Museum. And listen to the different examples.
When you're ready, go find Betty and her car. It's easy to recognise her on her red dress and the red car. But she's in a bad mood.
Thank you for your help!