Perhaps your piano students don’t have trouble visualizing chord inversions on the keys, but chances are some do. There is a fun and easy way to help them!
Manipulatives and colors are always attractive means to practice or introduce concepts, and are a great way to introduce inversions of chords. I like to start with the C chord and use erasers on the keys, a different color for each note:
Simply “leap-frog” the erasers or objects into the different inversion positions. Students can place their fingers on the “eraser keys” to play. Have the students try moving the erasers to the correct positions as a good evaluation tool to see if they can do it on their own.
If you’re like me and still have a few online students, simply share your screen to display the document. Then you and the student can use Zoom’s annotation tool to fill in the blocks.
For in-person lessons, print it out on thick paper or cardstock, and place it in a clear sheet protector to use with a dry-erase marker. Either way, it’s convenient and tree-friendly!
Please COMMENT to share how YOU like to teach chords or inversions!