Included in this package are 20 alto clef timed speed drills testing on key signatures, 20 answer keys, and 1 page of instructions. These have been used very successfully with high schoolers; students compete against their own times, and so are motivated to keep improving. The drills are also successful because they are setup in ways to promote learning through the tasks. For example, some of the drills are arranged in major/minor pairs, others are setup in sharp or flat groupings, whilst others are completely random. In this way, students will begin to memorise which keys are pairs, whether F contains sharps or flats, etc.
This is the third part of three key signature drill packages. Also available are the same drills but in treble and alto clefs. In this way, band and orchestra teachers are able to distribute and mark different drills using the same answer keys.
But Why Use Drills?
Understanding is always a priority over the basic memorization of facts. Unfortunately, in music there are many instances in which students must simply memorize core knowledge in order to lay the foundation for knowledge. For example, by learning the orders of tones and intervals, students will understand how scales contain sharps or flats; however, this newly gained information must then be memorized in order to move onto intervals, triad/chord tonalities, modulations, etc. But how can we get students to very quickly and efficiently memorize their key signatures?
Thank you for viewing this product listing. I have done my utmost to ensure that the answer keys are correctly matched to the original drill pages. However, please feel free to let me know should any problems arise. Also, please let me know if there are other drill topics you'd like me to create for your classes.