To successfully complete this unit students should:
- learn what a perfect cadence is
- spot perfect cadences at the end of pieces
- begin to be able to aurally identify perfect cadences
- be able to work out primary chords in any key.
This unit should enable students to develop a greater understanding of the function of cadence points in their pieces.
- Ensure students can confidently identify chords I and V before embarking on this unit.
- One way to approach this topic is to choose a piece that ends with a simple perfect cadence and ask the student to analyse the chords. Then introduce the terminology and encourage the student to identify perfect cadences in another piece.
- Encourage students to sing the cadence choose the root of the chords, and both descending and ascending. This will help them with aural identification of the cadence.