M.E109

Following the Melodic Contour through Movement

Following the Melodic Contour through Movement

Students will create movements to match the melody of a major scale–based song (the teacher may substitute other song types as long as they are age appropriate and students will be able to follow and show the shape of the melody with their hands).

Movements should be restricted to hands, since students will have their eyes closed. Alternatively, students could draw a picture of the melody (writing materials would be needed in addition to the materials listed below).

The performance and reflection of each student will be video recorded and scored later using the Teacher Scoring Rubric.

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
  • Movement Matches Melody

  • Reflection

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • Student does not follow the melody with accuracy.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student somewhat follows the melody with accuracy.

    View Exemplar
  • Student mostly follows the melody with accuracy.

    View Exemplar
  • Student consistently follows the melody with accuracy.

    View Exemplar
  • Student does not respond to the reflection.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student’s thumb score does not match his or her performance.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student’s thumb score somewhat matches his or her performance.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student’s thumb score matches his or her performance.

    N/A at this time.
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