Major Cadence Patterns MUAP 115 SyllabusMUAP 115 ScheduleWilliam Wieland
C major cadence pattern diagrams:  TriadsV7 chordsFull V7 chords  (Most students learn just one type.)
Major cadence patterns in 13 keys:  TriadsV7 chordsFull V7 chords  (Learn one type in all keys.)
Remember that the half steps in major are 3–4 and 7–8. (The rest are whole steps.)  Major Cadence Pattern Cheat Sheet
Cadence
Patterns
Performed
 Competently 
1st
 Semester 
Grade
2nd
 Semester 
Grade
3rd
 Semester 
Grade
  12  
11
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
0
 
  100  
100
100
100
100
100
100
100
100
90
70
40
0
 
  100  
100
100
100
100
97
92
83
72
58
42
22
0
 
  100  
99
96
92
87
81
73
64
54
42
29
15
0
 
Competently means
  • correct pitches (the first time),
  • correct fingering (the first time),
  • a steady rhythm (slow tempos are encouraged), and
  • good posture and hand position (make it a habit).

I monitor your progress from semester to semester.
(I do not hear every key every semester.) Occasionally
I ask to hear a key you performed competently in the past.
If it is no longer satisfactory, I subtract it from your list.


4th Semester Grade — I ask you to
perform several cadence patterns at random.
  • 100 — You perform 3 in a row flawlessly.
  • 90 — You perform 3 in a row with 1 minor error.
  • 80 — You perform 3 in a row with 2 minor errors.
If you make major errors or more than 2 minor errors,
you perform cadence patterns again the next week.
If the next week is finals week, we will talk.