Unit C8 – Intervals

To complete Unit C8, students should be familiar with:

  • 6ths
  • 7ths
  • octaves
  • spotting and playing the above intervals in their pieces.
  • writing these intervals given a starting note.

this is in addition to those intervals learned in Unit B8.

The intervals will still be major or perfect intervals although you do not need to introduce these concepts at this level.

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  • Use temporary markers to lay out intervals on the piano.
  • Get students to play different intervals and discuss the difference in sound between different types.
  • Encourage students to identify intervals aurally by playing them for them. Start with a limited number (e.g. two very different sounding intervals) then increase the difficulty by adding more intervals or comparing intervals that are closer in sound.
  • Ask students to identify the intervals in the pieces they are learning, and think about the shape of their hand as they play them.

Vibrant Music Teachers

  • Lilypad Pond is a card game where students need to collect 4 of each kind of interval out of 4ths, 5ths, 6ths and 7ths. A good introduction to this Stage of the curriculum.
  • Interval Sprinterval Shminterval uses basic intervals from 2nds – octaves. Students have to identify these on the page with or without counting lines and spaces.


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Stage C Intervals Trio
3 worksheets on the intervals of 6ths, 7ths, and octaves

  • Intervals – 6ths, 7ths, and Octaves: Introduces these basic intervals.
  • Intervals Quiz 1: More opportunities to write and identify the above intervals, plus harmonic/melodic qualifiers.
  • Intervals Quiz 2: This worksheet tests basic knowledge of intervals from 2nd – octave (excluding any major/minor/perfect qualifiers).