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Grade 6-8

Telling a Story Through Music: Music Theory

by Frank V. | Music

5 Lessons 27:50
  1. 1. Review 6:20
  2. 2. Chord Extensions 6:29
  3. 3. Cadence 5:07
  4. 4. Improvise Melody 5:10
  5. 5. Harmonize 4:44

Grade 6-8


NGSS Standards

About the course

"Our memories hold the key to spontaneous improvisation. Unlock your musical potential by building a melody based on the ideas of a favourite memory. Tap into your recollections as you embrace the sensations of sight, taste, smell, sound, and touch.

Tell a story through music with a melodic motif, spontaneous musical improvisation, and an intentional editing process."


Music Theory

Course overview



Students will review stable notes, unstable notes, chords within the major scale, cadences, and minor scales.


Chord Extensions

Students will learn about the chord extension to the 7th degree



Students will further their understanding about cadences


Improvise Melody

Students will improvise a melody in a 8 measure - 2, 4 bar phrases using the stable vs unstable note method



Students will take their melody and harmonize the chord structure with it.

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  • Composition
  • How to Write A Song
  • Improvisation
  • Motivic Variation
  • Music

Recommended Materials

Paper, pencil, instrument, provided Sheet Music, scissors, glue.


Frank is a professional jazz musician with training from NYU and WWU. Nominated as the Emerging Artist of the Year 2017 by Earshot Jazz Magazine, his music is fluid and unapologetic. Frank aims to inspire a deep love of the art in his students.

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