Unit B8 – Intervals

In Stage B, students move on from skips and steps towards ‘technical’ interval names up to a 5th. To complete this stage students should be confident with the following:

  • 2nds
  • 3rds
  • 4ths
  • 5ths
  • spotting and playing the above intervals in their pieces.
  • writing these intervals given a starting note.

The intervals will be major or perfect intervals, and implicitly in C (i.e. no sharps or flats at this stage) although you do not need to introduce these concepts at this level.

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  • Students can see intervals on the piano keyboard by using appropriate temporary stickers or markers of some kind. We like to use animal shaped erasers. Starting with 2nds and 3rds get students to mark these intervals and then play them. Discuss the difference in sound.
  • Help students learn to aurally identify intervals by playing them at the piano and asking students which one you have played. Start with 2nds and 3rds, then 4ths and 5ths, then continue to mix it up further.
  • Get students to identify particular intervals in the pieces they play.

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  • Interval Bob is a card game where players have to collect 4 of the same interval – 2nds, 3rds, 4ths, or 5ths. Perfect for this unit.


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Stage B Intervals and chords pack
3 worksheets covering harmonic and melodic intervals from 2nds to 5ths. There is no mention of qualifiers such as major/minor/perfect at this point.

  • Intervals 1: An introduction to intervals from 2nds-5ths
  • Intervals 2: Further questions on Stage B intervals, including the terms ‘harmonic’ and ‘melodic’
  • Chords: An introduction to two note chords, including identifying note names and intervals.