Composing a Melody
This assessment has three parts. In Part 1, students will compose their own 16 macrobeat or 32 macrobeat melodies. Third-grade students will be asked to compose a four-bar melody, while fourth-grade students will be asked to compose an eight-bar melody. This assessment can be done using tone-bar instruments or voice in third grade and recorder or voice in fourth grade. In Part 2, students will have time to practice their melodies and perform them for the class. In Part 3, students will reflect in writing on their compositions.
Third-grade students will be asked to compose and practice their melodies using the pitches B, A, and G, while using eighth notes, quarter notes, quarter rests, half notes, half rests, whole notes, and whole rests.
Fourth-grade students will be asked to compose and practice their melodies using the pitches C, B, A, G, and F#, while using eighth notes, quarter notes, quarter rests, half notes, half rests, whole notes, and whole rests.
Students will be given the opportunity to practice their melodies at the beginning of the second class period before students perform them. These performances will be video recorded for later scoring.
Students will write their melodies on the staff paper included in the Student Booklets. If students are composing vocal melodies, they will do this composition without lyrics.
Students will reflect in writing on their compositional experiences in their Student Booklets.
This assessment will be video recorded by the teacher for scoring purposes. This assessment may be easier to administer if someone other than the teacher supervises the video recording. 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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