AB & ABA Form Identification and Composition
Students will listen to several pieces of music and identify the form of each. ABA and AB form should have been taught and discussed prior to this assessment. Students will then compose and perform a piece of music in groups that reflects one of the forms. Prior to the assessment, students also should have experience with composing in a group. These performances will be video or audio recorded.
After the compositions are complete, students will watch the videos or listen to the audio recording, and will reflect on their compositions and performances. This assessment probably would work best at the end of the school year when routines and classroom expectations are well established.
This assessment may be more successful if someone other than the teacher supervises audio or video recording of the performances. If this is not possible, the teacher should be careful to ensure that students who are performing stay in the video frame during the recording process.
This item has been voluntarily field-tested by Michigan teachers with a non-representative sample of students.
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