Teaching my beginner students intervals, I often find that they want to count the lines and spaces for each interval rather than looking at the patterns of how these intervals look.

In an effort to retrain one of my students, I came up with this handy flowchart to help her approach the answer correctly, using the method I’d like her to learn. So now, I’m going to share it with you lucky people.

A note: This chart only addresses generic 2nds, 3rds, 4ths, and 5ths (not major, minor, perfect, etc).

You can get the flowchart here.  Below’s a preview.

music theory flowchart

After I get the student to understand the ins and outs of the flowchart, I give them this easy online exercise (and they can use the flowchart to work the problems.)

Here’s the link.  It’s customized by me to only include the relevant intervals, so you’ll need to bookmark the link to have the same quiz each time. Or you can always customize it yourself, but who wants the extra work, right?

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