May 16, 2011

Large Staff Fun - And A Printable!

I mentioned before how I made my large staff. Seriously, we use this thing all the time! It is great for working on space/line notes, note names, intervals, just about anything!

Today I'd like to show you how I use it to work on scale degrees and chords. I made these circles to fit on the lines and spaces so that we could "label" our "notes." Here we have a scale all written out (minues the accidentals, I know...we weren't too worried about that at the moment!) with the scale degrees, and we worked on building the primary chords for that scale.

As you can see in that first picture, I have more circles made out to cover every Roman Numeral that we might need. Or at least, all the ones I could think of! This way we can always use them to review major/minor chords, intervals, etc.

Now, to make mine, I just used card stock and some colored markers and did it all by hand. It was simple. Sometimes I like to do things by hand rather than print everything off the computer. But some of you may prefer to have these handy to print out, so I also made them into a printable for you. Aren't I nice? And I even have one in black and white, to be printed on colored card stock, and one in color, to be printed on white card stock. Aren't I even nicer?

Each file is two pages, one with Roman Numerals and one with numbers. The circles are 4.45 cm. in diameter, to give you an idea of the size.

I'd be delighted to hear how you use these circles!


  1. Wow! Thank you so much! I will definitely print these out and use them. :)

  2. OOHHH!!! These are great! We talk about this and play scales in lessons, but I've never thought to make up circles so they can get hands on experience- I think that will help them to comprehend much better!

    Thanks so much for sharing!