Candy Heart Scales is a cute Valentine worksheet for students to construct major scales in the keys of C G D A E and F plus show half steps and the tonic.

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Candy Heart Scales is a cute Valentine worksheet for students to construct major scales in the keys of C G D A E and F. The worksheet also asks students to draw slurs (curved connecting lines) under the two half steps and to draw the tonic note (starting and ending note) in the last measure. I had a students who needed some extra help with scales so I made this worksheet for him.

If you’re a parent you might not know how to do this, so here is a quick explanation. Half steps are two notes with no note in between on the piano keyboard, such as C to C# or E to F.

There are only two half steps in a major scale. The half steps in every major scale are found between the 3rd and 4th notes and between the 7th and 8th notes. Since every major scale has the same  pattern, all major scales sound alike. They just start on different notes.

When a singer asks the musicians to play in a lower or higher key, they play the same intervals, just starting on a different note. In other words, the music is using a different scale. While some people seem to be naturally born to transpose anything into any key at sight, this is not easy for most people and takes a lot of practice. If students start early, it is a lot easier.

One of the best ways to get started learning music theory is to learn how to draw scales. If students start early, it becomes second nature. I made this particular worksheet for students in the 4th grade because this is what they need to know for our state theory test at that grade level.

To help beginning theory students, I added the sharps and flats for the scale at the bottom of the page.

How to draw the first example

  • The first note of the scale is the key, so the first scale on the page is in the key of E major.
  • The key of E major has 4 sharps, F# C# G# D#, as you can see at the bottom of the page.
  • Draw a sharp before the F C G and D notes on the staff.
  • Connect the notes G# and A to show the first half step and D# and E to show the second half step.
  • In the last measure draw an E because that is the tonic, also called key note.
  • Tonic and key note are fancy words for the first note of the scale, which also happens to be the name of the scale.
  • Complete the rest of the scales the same way.

See, it all works together!

Click below for the free Valentine worksheet!

Candy Heart Scales


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6 thoughts to “Candy Heart Scales

  • Linda Kirkconnell

    Susan, this is a fantastic and fun idea. I’m planning on using it with all my students for the month of Feb. Thank you for all you do.

    • Susan Paradis

      You’re welcome! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

  • Diane

    Great activity! I will use with several students. This could be expanded to include the flat keys and minor keys. Well done!

    • Susan Paradis

      Diane, next week I plan to post one for some more keys, so watch for it!

  • Gilda

    This is great! Thanks.

    • Susan Paradis

      Thank you Gilda!


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