Chord Stacker™ and Tiles

Chord Stacker™ and Tiles

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Teach chords better!

Students who are “chord fluent” learn literature quicker, improve memorization, and are more willing to improvise. Since manipulating objects is known to help students understand hard-to-grasp concepts, I wanted a way for them to construct chords by stacking physical items representing pitches. At first, I tried stacking cardboard boxes and adapting various games but they all had drawbacks. The solution was to make my own Chord Stacker™ boards and tiles.  Now your students can enjoy learning essential music theory concepts with their hands as mine do. Correlates to lessons in my Creative Chords piano method.


  • Wooden Rack - Handmade from reclaimed lumber with four precision-cut channels ever so slightly larger than the tiles for easy sliding movement. Note that colors may vary. Size: 5.5 x 8.5 x 3/4 inches.

  • Triads - a standard hand-stamped tile set includes enough note names to construct all seven diatonic triads and the associated triad chord symbols for a given key signature. Some tiles are reversible (eg. G/G#) to accommodate conventional minor key triads.

  • Seventh Chords - Diatonic seventh chords can also be constructed using the standard tile set. Turning a rack from landscape to portrait view makes room for up to four seventh chords with chord symbols or extended chords. Note that tiles with seventh chord symbols are NOT included in a standard tile set. If you are interested in this option, let me know and I'll throw in custom seventh chord symbols at no extra charge. (Eg. The add'l tiles for C/Am would be CMaj7 Dm7 Em7 FMaj7 G7 Am7 Bm7(b5) and E7 for key of A minor). Keep in mind that displaying all seven diatonic seventh chords in portrait view at once requires two racks.

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Sending a huge thank you for the chord stacker and tiles... I’ve been using them with students and it is going well. Will have to order some more once school (money) comes in!
— Janice (CA)

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