Comparing and Contrasting Musical Performances
Students will identify similarities and differences between two musical performances of the same piece. Students then will complete the compare/contrast worksheet provided in the Student Booklet.
Prior to the assessment, students should have a working vocabulary of musical concepts, including melody, harmony, rhythm, dynamics, form, timbre, interpretation, and expression. Students should have had previous experience listening to and critically analyzing musical examples. The teacher should model comparing and contrasting musical examples and analyzing musical performances in advance of the assessment.
Teachers should choose two performances of a piece that they determine to be appropriate. Teachers might use performances of a piece that they are rehearsing in class or may be rehearsing in the future.
This item has not been field-tested by Michigan teachers.
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