M.E307

Improvising a Melody

Improvising a Melody

During this assessment, students will use their instruments or voices to improvise a melody over a provided accompaniment. Student improvisations will be scored using a Teacher Scoring Rubric.

This assessment has two parts. In Part 1, students will improvise using one note. In Part 2, students will improvise using the blues scale.

This item has not yet been field-tested.


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
  • One-Note Improvisation

  • One-Note Improvisation Written Response

  • Multi–Note Improvisation

  • Multi–Note Improvisation Written Response

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • Student makes no attempt to vary the rhythm during the one-note improvisation.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student attempts rhythmic improvisation and demonstrates limited variety in rhythm, dynamics, and articulation.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student attempts rhythmic improvisation and demonstrates some variety in rhythm, dynamics, and articulation.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student attempts rhythmic improvisation and demonstrates significant variety in rhythm, dynamics, and articulation.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student does not list any ways to vary his or her improvisation.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student lists one way to vary his or her improvisation.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student lists two ways to vary his or her improvisation.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student lists three ways to vary his or her improvisation.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student makes no attempt at a multi-note improvisation.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student attempts improvisation and demonstrates limited variety in pitches, rhythm, dynamics, and articulations.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student attempts improvisation and demonstrates some variety in pitches, rhythm, dynamics, and articulation.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student attempts improvisation and demonstrates significant variety in pitches, rhythm, dynamics,, and articulation.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student provides no response and/or illogical response with little or no explanation.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student provides a vague response with little or no explanation.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student provides a reasonable response with some explanation.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student provides a logical and thoughtful response with thorough explanation.

    N/A at this time.
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