Each student will act as the editor for a music publishing company by helping a composer finish the rough draft of a new solo piece.
Students will receive a Student Booklet with an unfinished printed score. The teacher will then play a recorded version. Students will be able to listen to the recording a total of five times over the course of one class period (50–60 minutes).
In a short essay, students will write (1) one paragraph about three things (e.g., compositional devices, melodic contour, key, range, tempo changes) they find effective and worth keeping in the piece, (2) one paragraph about three changes the composer should make to the existing piece, and (3) one paragraph suggesting how to finish the piece.
To best ensure students are prepared for this kind of assessment, the suggested time of year for administration is winter/spring.
NOTE: This assessment model can be modified to adapt music presently being used in the class. The teacher would need to (1) select a solo piece from music presently being used in the class, (2) determine what might constitute an “unfinished” section, (3) reproduce that part of the score for the students, (4) replace the relevant parts in the Student and Teacher Booklets, and (5) prepare a recording of the fragment for the listening part of the exercise.
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