This assessment has three parts to it:
o Part 1–Select a Song with Your Group
o Part 2–Create a “Cover” with Your Group
o Part 3–Perform “Cover”
Students will work in groups of four to produce a “cover” version of a song that they will perform for other members of their class. The instruments chosen may be from traditional band or orchestra instruments, non traditional band or orchestra instruments, or voice.
Students will be given time in class to meet in their groups, come up with a name for their group, and chose their song. It is the teacher’s decision as to whether the groups should be assigned or formed by the students themselves. If the teacher opts to assign students to groups, he or she should have the group assignments prepared and ready to hand out at the first session.
The groups may also need guidance when choosing their song. Depending on the students’ age and experience, they may need additional support with rehearsal strategies.
The songs should be ones that the teacher could hear on the radio and should be age-appropriate for the students. The songs should be approved by the teacher. The students will learn the songs aurally and copy all of the musical parts from the recordings as needed; no traditional sheet music is allowed. A performance of the task will happen at the end of the allotted time frame.
This item has been voluntarily field-tested by Michigan teachers with a non-representative sample of students.
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