M.E110

Comparing and Contrasting Two Pieces of Music

Comparing and Contrasting Two Pieces of Music

Students will listen to two different versions of a song or piece of music and then compare and contrast the two (provide similarities and differences). The examples provided here can be used, or teachers may wish to substitute other examples they prefer. This option is similar to what is done in the ELA curriculum with different versions of the same story.

For this assessment, you should use at least two of examples of a “hunt”-style story or song. This could also be done using the story and song of the gingerbread man compared with John Lithgow’s “Marsupial Sue Presents the Runaway Pancake.”

This item has been voluntarily field-tested by Michigan teachers with a non-representative sample of students.


This is an analytic rubric. The column on the left shows the dimension that is being measured in the student’s performance. The levels across the top row indicate the performance level in the dimensions. Occasionally all dimensions and performance levels are exemplified by multiple students in a single recording.

TEACHER SCORING RUBRIC

  • Dimension
  • Depth of Response Questions

  • Compare and Contrast

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • Student does not identify instruments and voices in the examples.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student identifies few instruments and voices within the examples.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student identifies some instruments and voices within the examples.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student identifies all instruments and voices within the examples.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student does not identify ways in which the two examples are the same or different.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student is able to identify one way the two examples are the same or different.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student is able to identify two ways the two examples are the same or different.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student is able to identify three or more ways the two examples are the same or different.

    N/A at this time.
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