Singing and Playing Instruments in Parts
This assessment has four parts to it:
1. Students will complete three assessment items to determine their understanding of musical terminology used in the assessment. (Day 1)
2. Students will be assessed singing a teacher-selected traditional round (such as “Frère Jacques,” Tallis “Canon,” “Canoe Song,” or “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”) in parts with three partners. This is a teacher selected and arranged round that must be transferable to tone bar instruments and have two ostinati. For this part, at least two students sing the round and one sings each ostinato. (Day 2)
3. Students will be assessed performing the same multiple-part arrangement on instruments. (Days 3 and 4)
4. Students will describe their arrangement using developmentally appropriate musical terminology. (Day 5)
Students will respond to the assessment questions in the first class period. On Days 2-3, students will perform the vocal arrangements for the class in small groups and will be video recorded. On Day 3, the students will work in small groups to transfer their vocal arrangements to tone-bar instruments (singing the round and playing the ostinati). On Day 4, students will perform their instrumental arrangements for the class in small groups and will be video recorded. On Day 5, the students will reflect in written form, using appropriate musical terminology, on the process of creating their arrangement.
This assessment will be video recorded by the teacher for scoring purposes. This assessment may be easier to administer if someone other than the teacher supervises the video recording. 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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