Aims and objectives
The ‘Virtual Keyboard’ provides an engaging introduction
to composition and elements of music theory (scales and chords)
where a quick review is preferable to setting up a number of keyboards
in the classroom.
No previous knowledge is required to explore the resource however
a basic understanding of music helps students get started more quickly.
In the classroom
This activity supports the 'composing and appraising skills' aspect
of the Music Programme of Study. The sounds created by the keyboard
have been sampled to provide realistic representations of the different
Select an instrument, drum pattern or chord mode to explore the
sounds then click on the 'piano' keys to listen to the sounds. Click
the 'Instructions' button on the keyboard to get further help.
This resource comes into its own when used with an interactive
whiteboard for the teaching of basic music theory, especially blending
notes to make chords.
|Support materials description:
|The worksheet contains illustrated images of musical
notation overlaid on a piano keyboard, the scale of C major
and a simplified keyboard with the natural notes overlaid. These
can be printed onto stiff paper, laminated and used for either
display or for student reference.
Music – KS1:
1b; 2a-b; 4c
Music – KS2:
1b; 2b; 3a; 4c; 5d
Music – KS3: