Tonal Resources

Tonal Learning Sequence

I introduce rhythm skills approximately in the order listed in this Tonal Learning Sequence document.

Flashcards

The flashcards below should be printed out on 8.5″ x 11″ paper.  You can then enlarge them (129%) onto 11″ x 17″ heavy weight paper using a photocopier.  After cutting the paper in half, the new and bigger flashcards should be 5.5″ tall.

The square note indicates the location of the tonic.  For major scales, this would be do.  However, for minor (la-based), you can make the square be la.  This also works for modes (dorian mode:  square is re, etc.).

One and Two-Line Staves

These cards are designed for young students who may find it easier to understand the concept of line vs. space notes when presented with fewer staff lines.

Tonal Patterns: 1-line staff

Tonal Patterns: 2-line staff

Do to So above: Stepwise Motion & Skips within the Tonic Triad

Patterns Do to So: Do = Second Space

Patterns Do to So: Do = Second Line

Patterns Do to So: Do = FirstSpace

Patterns Do to So: Do = First Line

Patterns Do to So: Do = Space Below Staff

Patterns Based on Harmonic Progressions

I-V Progression Patterns

I-V7 Progression Patterns

 

4 Responses to Tonal Resources

  1. John Gallagher November 12, 2019 at 7:23 am #

    Hi Mr. Driscoll,   
     I was searching and I found your wonderful melody and rhythm flashcards! I am interested in purchasing them, are you still selling them and if so, will they be printed on heavy weight paper?  Is your price still the same?

    Thank you,
    John Gallagher

    • Michael November 17, 2019 at 8:04 am #

      Hi John,
      Yes, I can still print the flashcards and they’re printed on heavy weight paper.
      Mike

  2. Jonathan Miller August 12, 2016 at 12:03 pm #

    Thank-you so much for making this resource available! I’m certain I will use the tonic triad flashcards frequently in my high school music rudiments class this year.

  3. Anna January 1, 2016 at 6:57 pm #

    Mike, I can’t thank you enough for all you’ve done here. I am back teaching general music k-5 as well as 6th-8th grade choir after being in the regular classroom for 16 years. I need to reload my skills and these tools will help me. I only wish I’d found them at the beginning of the school year. No matter, I will begin at the beginning when we return from winter break.

    Thanks again!!!!
    Anna

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