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Monday, November 1, 2021

D scale focus activity


I use the D scale for warm up time A LOT.  It's not the same every day because there are many ways to change rhythms and bowings to make it different.  The D scale is pretty easy for my beginners because the notes move step by step on each string.  It's much more difficult for students to skip notes and still land accurately in tune.  I created a simple PowerPoint for students to practice the D scale in a new way.  In 'Present' mode, I click on a box and make the note disappear and become a rest.  As notes disappear, students have to maintain a steady beat and keep track of the notes/rests.  This activity also helps students practice skips using the notes of the D scale.   If you find students are 'tuning out' during scales, this activity will help them pay attention!  Students also love choosing which notes disappear - which gets them involved in the process.

I just uploaded to my TPT store for FREE!  It's totally editable and customizable so you can copy the slides and create any scale you're working on.


  1. I didn't know you could click specific boxes and have them disappear. It is possible to do a similar thing in Google Slides?

    1. Last I checked, Google Slides would not let me make specific things appear or disappear in a non specified order.

  2. very cool and fun! I do something similar to practice the alphabet, intervals and chords with letter cards but never digitally. Would be great to see a little clip of you doing this :) Thanks for sharing!

  3. I'm so glad you are up and "posting" again! I love your ideas:)