Singing and Playing Instrumental Parts With Musical Independence
In this assessment, students will:
1. Sing the melody of a song.
2. Sing a bassline/harmony part to that same song.
3. Play that bassline/harmony part on a tonebar or other pitched instrument. (If the students play a bassline, the full chords could be played on a guitar or ukulele or the chord roots could be played on a tonebar instrument, a recorder, or boomwhackers.)
4. Learn and perform an unpitched percussion ostinato to accompany the song and bassline.
5. Put all parts together and perform them in a larger ensemble.
6. Reflect on their performances. These performances will be video-recorded for scoring at a later time.
The teacher will choose a musical work that has three parts: a melody, a harmony/countermelody/bassline, and one unpitched percussion ostinato. The song “Yankee Doodle” is included in this assessment as an example and may be used. The teacher may also select another suitable song.
This assessment may be easier to use if someone other than the teacher supervises the video recording of the performances. If this is not possible, the teacher should be careful to ensure that students who are performing stay in the video frame during the recording process.
This item has been voluntarily field-tested by Michigan teachers with a non-representative sample of students.
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