Imagination, Harmonization, and Tonicization

Level 1, Lesson Book, Pg. 38, Two-Note March

Talk about bringing tonic and dominant to life! What begins as a simple piece expands into ear training and harmonization. All these activities sharpen Emily’s attention, listening skills, and imagination in the most natural, musical way. Changing ranges and tempos shows Emily that tonic and dominant function in all styles. (Note especially how little teacher “explanation” there is.) Because these are tunes she knows, Emily can easily hear and understand how melody and harmony relate.

2 Responses to “Imagination, Harmonization, and Tonicization”

  1. Jeannie Niokos October 4, 2016 at 3:24 pm #

    Great ideas to help make just two notes come to life.
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. David Andruss October 5, 2016 at 5:19 pm #

    This is wonderful. I’m sharing this right now for my German piano teacher colleagues.

    Thank you so much, Nancy, for your never ending supply of great teaching ideas!