Students will take a teacher-selected section of music currently under study in an ensemble (or composed song in a songwriting course, etc.) and perform it with two distinctly different interpretations. Level 1 students must perform a section that is 10–20 seconds in length, Level 2 students must perform a section that is 30–40 seconds in length, and Level 3 students must perform a section that is 50–60 seconds in length.
The teacher should take care to avoid choosing sections of music with extensive periods of rests. The student will individually record two interpretations and will be assessed on accuracy and communication of expressive choices. Each student should record his or her excerpt in a single class period, but the total assessment (for all students) may occur over a period of up to two weeks.
This item has been voluntarily field-tested by Michigan teachers with a non-representative sample of students.
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