Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Upside Down Snowman iPad Background and Printable

Following the last presentation on the Upside Down Snowman for triads and inversions, I am pleased to share an iPad background to practice writing triads and inversions on the staff with the matching snowman graphic. 
I have also included it as a printable, hope you enjoy this resource. If you are using it in your studio, I would love to hear how it is working out for you and students so please share your comments :)

Monday, January 9, 2012

Triads And Inversions With Upside Down Snowman

This post is inspired by one reader who asked how I am using one of the teaching materials I created with the Upside Down Snowman. Mr. Snowman has become one of the favourite characters in my classes and I have been thinking what fun it would be to bring it to live!
In response to the email, I thought about a video demo but that quickly turned into an idea of a little animation that I hope will benefit students as well.
The upside down snowman illustrates the concept of changing around the notes of the triad to form inversions. I have used felt circles in different colours to demonstrate how Mr. Snowman flips to 1st and 2nd inversions which has worked well and now I am excited to include a little animation to go along after I tell the story of the upside down snowman.

I hope that these presentations will engage students and the upside down snowman will lead them in the discovery of the triads & inversions for the other keys.

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