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IS MUSICIAL NOTATION AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
(OR WHAT ARE THOSE LITTLE CIRCLES DOING ON THOSE LINES?)
by Scott Miller
Hyde Park Middle School
Las Vegas, NV
Standard 2.0: Students
perform a varied repertoire of music on instruments
alone and with others.
2.3.1 Play classroom instruments
using proper technique.
Content Standard 5.0: Students read
5.3.2 Read melodic patterns using solfege,
numbers and/or letters.
5.3.3 Use simple music symbols
5.3.5 Notate simple rhythmic and melodic
patterns (e.g. icons, manipulatives).
one “layer” before
going on to another layer. No more than ____ assignments will be signed
one day, in any layer. Each assignment has a point value based on the
time and effort necessary to complete that task. You must earn the
amount of points in any one layer to moving on to the next layer. Even
working with a partner, you will be expected to demonstrate what you
PERIOD_______ DUE DATE_________
Music as a written code (recipe for a song)
Notation as an instruction to act
Pitch as high and low Sound
Pitch as a specific line or space on a staff
Pitch as a
specific key on a piano
Section 1. Basic Understanding. 45 points needed to move to section 2.
This “C” layer must be completed before beginning the “B” layer.
5 pts____ 1. Listen to lecture on how we can communicate
using only pictures. (REQUIRED FOR ALL)
5 pts____ 2. Create a set of directions using only
pictures. Show it to a friend and check if they can follow these
directions before you present it to me.
10 pts____ 3. Watch Sessions 1,2 and 3 of Music Ace. Take notes in your
notebook on all information that you feel is new to you (stuff you
didn’t learn in Elementary school). Notebooks will be checked for a
10 pts____ 4. Watch chapters I to X from Emedia Beginner Piano and
Keyboard Lessons to learn how to use the software. Then do chapters 31
-35. Listen to all examples and watch all video explanations. Take
notes in your notebook on all information that you feel is new to you
(stuff you didn’t learn in Elementary school). Notebooks will be
checked for a grade.
5 pts____ 5. Create a mnemonic device that reflects all of the
lines and space notes for both the treble and the bass clef.
5 pts____ 6. In Music Ace: play the game for Session 3-5. Score
higher than a _____ for each section.
5 pts____ 7. In Music Ace: play the game for Session 6-9. Score
higher than a _____ for each section.
5 pts____ 8. Create 5 words that use the letters
A,B,C,D,E,F, and G exclusively. Write them using notes on a
staff. (REQUIRED FOR ALL)
5 pts____ 9. Accurately draw a keyboard 24 notes long
(counting both black and white notes). Label all of the notes with the
LAYER “C” IS COMPLETE__________________ DATE__________
Section 2. Application/Analysis. 100 points
needed to move to section 3. This “C” layer must be completed before
beginning the “B” layer.
20 pts____ 1. Open your Schaum Book A to page 6,7 and 8.
Label each note with its correct letter.
30 pts____ 2. View the power point presentation “Making
your Electric Game”. Follow the instructions to design your own
functioning game. This game would demonstrate your knowledge of the
notes on a staff as they correspond to the keys on a keyboard.
50 pts____ 1. Pass the written quiz on notes on treble clef
and bass clef lines and spaces.
LAYER “B” IS COMPLETE__________________ DATE__________
Section 3. Synthesis/Evaluation 100
points needed to move to Performance Assessment. This “C” layer must be
completed before beginning the “B” layer.
100 pts____ 1. Accurately play the pitches from “The
Woodchuck”, “Snug as a Bug in a Rug” and “Hanna from Montana” on your
keyboard, in the proper order using our performance rubic.
LAYER “A” IS COMPLETE__________________ DATE__________
Create the game that you have planned and designed using the electric
components I provide. Demonstrate how it works and what skill it drills
in a class presentation. This project will be judged against our
presentation rubric. The project is due in one week.