C Major Music Maker
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Teach music theory and composition with musical dice! This 7 sided dice has the notes out of a scale on it. All songs are made up of notes in a scale – the scale, and chords that go with it, turn random notes generated by the music maker dice into amazing themes and songs.
In order to compose a song:
- Choose a musical scale or key signature for your song, and then create the music maker dice that has the key signature that you need.
- Start your song on a dominate note in your key signature.
- Roll your musical dice, and use the notes that come up to create a melody. So long as all of your notes come out of the same key signature it will sound great!
- Choose your favorite note sequence for your repeating theme.
- Most songs end where they begin – pull that melody back to the first note you started on!
In order to teach music theory:
Roll the music maker dice, and then find the note on a clef.
Roll the music maker dice, and play the note that comes up on your instrument.
Roll the dice, and play a chord to go with that note! Can you play the minor, major, 6th, 7th etc. chords?
See example you tubes where we made music with random notes:
When printing, lay it flat, and no print support structure will be needed. If you scale the size down too much it might be a little hard to read the text – a larger sized dice will probably work the best. The letters will show up better in lighter colored filaments.
How I Designed This
The music maker dice was created using AutoDesk’s Inventor Software, and then exported to an STL file.
Free Inventor software for students and educators:
The Music maker was created by extruding 7 sided polygons. Because of the odd number of sides that is needed in this dice, a central polygon was created so that when the dice lands only one musical note is sitting on top. Letters were added with the text tool, and extruded into the axial dice faces. The key signatures that match the notes are inscribed in the ends of the dice. Each set of notes can be matched to two different scales – a minor and a major.
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