Arrange an Accompaniment for a Simple Song using Nonpitched Instruments
In this assessment, students will create an arrangement based on a nursery rhyme or song. Working in groups created by the teacher, students will create their arrangements using non-pitched instruments. They will be expected to perform the micro and/or macro beats, create an ostinato, an introduction, and a coda, and use dynamics. This will be noted on the arrangement worksheets found in the Student Booklet. Students will write the same responses on their arrangement worksheet if they are in the same group. Before their performance, students will decide who in their group will perform which part in their group arrangement and will rehearse their performance. Students will perform their arrangements on traditional or nontraditional instruments. Their performances will be video recorded for later scoring.
For this assessment, students should have had previous experience using class percussion instruments, nontraditional sound sources (e.g., the music group STOMP), or electronic sound sources through the use of apps on a device such as an iPad. Students need previous exposure to rhymes or songs and rhythm patterns in duple and triple meters. Students should have previous experience arranging and performing, using duple and triple meters, and playing ostinati, micro and/or macro beats, introductions, codas, and dynamics.
This assessment may be easier to implement if someone other than the teacher supervises the 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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