Year 3 Music: Whole Tone vs Semitone

What is a SEMITONE? What is a WHOLE TONE?

Can you travel around the piano keyboard using these steps?

Now, let's look at a few videos (in Mandarin) and find out more about the different tones on a piano keyboard and how they help formulate some very important concepts in music.

Now, let's listen to two songs that are written based on the whole tone scale and the semitone scale. Can you tell the different moods that each scale creates?

Based on Chromastic scale

Béla Bartók - Mikrokosmos, Volume V

Based on the Whole tone scale

Claude Debussy - Griffes - The Night Winds