Unit A10 – Tonality

Beginner students should be introduced to the concept of major sounds and minor sounds. This might be as simple as major = happy and minor = sad.


  • Play major and minor pieces to your students ask them if they notice a difference and if they can describe what the difference. Simplify this by playing one of their major key pieces in the minor key (or vice versa). Talk to your students about the change
  • Compose pieces in major or minor keys and work with your student to think of an appropriate title.
  • Discuss the mood or character of each piece your student learns and talk about how this is related to major or minor sounds.