production through performance

music technology curriculum


4.2 lesson plan // triads in inversion


Students will be able to play and record a chordal part with inversions to an original chord progression.


Inverting Chords In A Progression →
Right Hand Fingering Chart →


4.2 Project Rubric →


  1. Read and watch the Inverting Chords In A Progression PDF and video.

  2. Play through I IV I V I with inversions in partners: one person play the roots of the chords on the bass side of the piano and the other plays the triads on the treble. 

  3. Play chord progressions of student selected pop songs with inversions in the key of C.


  1. Write a chord progression, identify the Roman Rumerals, indicate the letter name and quality of the chords, and invert the triads to maintain smooth voice leading on the chord progression organizer. CHECK STUDENT ANSWERS 

  2. Write a drum groove with either eighth or sixteenth note subdivision. 

  3. Create a bass line that has octave jumps and leading tones 

  4. Record four measures of the drum and bass parts as separate tracks in Soundtrap at student selected tempo. 

  5. Add a piano and keyboards track. 

  6. Record a performance of the triads with inversions in the third or fourth octave of the keyboard. 

  7. Each chord should begin on beat one and sustain through the entire measure.


  • Limit the subdivision level to eighth note.

  • Assign a slower tempo.


  • Play drum beat with one hand.

  • Have students quantize the track in front of the teacher.