Unit D08 – Intervals

In Unit D8 students should learn to aurally identify 2nds and 3rds.

Over the course of the coming stages, students will learn to aurally identify a greater range of intervals.


  • Explore the different sounds of 2nds and 3rds at the piano, and discuss these differences with your students.
  • Develop listening and aural skills using simple games, for example:
    • With the teacher at the piano, ask the student to turn away or close their eyes. Play them a 2nd or 3rd and ask them which one it is. Start with major 2nds and major 3rds, then introduce minor intervals when the student is confidently identifying the major ones. Include harmonic and melodic intervals.
  • Use an iPad app like EarMaster to train students in recognising 2nds and 3rds.