St. Patrick's Day Music Intervals

Shamrock Harmonic Intervals

Not too long ago I asked for suggestions for worksheets for various holidays, and an interval worksheet was suggested. I am posting one today with a St. Patrick’s Day theme which I call Shamrock Intervals. 

You know, as teachers we can never assume our students know anything they haven’t specifically been taught and reinforced. Roman numerals comes to mind, as well as fractions for rhythm. That is something I remind teachers when I give workshops.

I poignantly remember one sweet little student. I was reminding him that the spaces in the treble clef spell FACE. He hung his head in shame and in the most despondent voice said, “I can’t read.” I know I’ve told this story before, but I will probably repeat it, because it made such an impression on me. It changed the way I taught, not only children, but when I give workshops to adults, or even when I help someone at the computer.

You might be wondering what this has to do with intervals! The fact is, teachers have to explain what the word interval means, and we have to say it a lot if we want them to remember it. They will forget!

Also, we can’t assume students know how to write ordinal numbers with suffixes, such as  1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.

Students sometimes have no idea that “octave” is often abbreviated by writing “8va,” or 8ve, even if we write that in their assignment book regularly. We have to explain that while 8va means to move up one octave in piano music, it is often abbreviated in theory. It is not an official proclamation from the Kingdom of Music Theory, but that’s just the way it is, at least from my experience.

So on this worksheet, I wrote the intervals both ways and included octaves. I hope your students get something out of it!


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6 thoughts to “Shamrock Interval Worksheet

  • Lisa

    Thank you so much!!

  • Yuliana

    Amazing as expected! Susan, you are the best! Spoiling us as usual! Thank you very much!

    • Susan Paradis

      Thank Yuliana for brightening my day!

  • Christine Williams

    Dear Susan, thank you for your continued creativity. Love the St Patrick Interval sheet. Christine in Newcastle Australia

  • Dana

    Thank you for another wonderful worksheet Susan. I love to use holiday themes in learning and this will go with the other cute Shamrock games you have posted in previous years. I can relate with your post above about how important it is to reinforce concepts. This worksheet will certainly help with that. I also love the idea the teacher, “Beverly” has above using flash cards and a Test Week. Thanks again for the cute work sheet.

  • Beverly Holt Guth

    Susan, you’re so right, that we have to say things a lot! But there’s more – the STUDENT has to say it a lot! The last few years I’ve gotten big into having students make vocabulary flash cards that they’re supposed to study. Of course, some students are better about it than others. About twice a year, I have a TEST WEEK which I advertise to the parents and ask them to study with their child. Overall, the studio is doing much better, now.


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