Improvise Tonic Accompaniments
In this assessment, students will improvise tonic accompaniments to a melody that is sung. Students will use criteria for self-evaluation and improvement, then apply these criteria, and, finally, reflect on the experience.
The teacher may choose any song he or she deems appropriate. However, the song must work with a tonic ostinato/drone. This assessment uses the song “Hey, Ho, Nobody Home” as an example. Other possible songs are on page 7 of the Teacher Booklet, although almost any round or pentatonic song of the teacher’s choice would work.
This item has been voluntarily field-tested by Michigan teachers with a non-representative sample of students.
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