Small Group Performance: Process and Product
Students will form small performing groups (quartets, trios, etc.), and then select and prepare a short piece for performance with minimal teacher guidance. Each student will complete a Rehearsal Journal for each day of rehearsal. This assessment will take place over four weeks but use only four class periods.
In Part 1, groups will be assigned and the music distributed. The remainder of the class is to be used by the groups to plan their selected pieces and rehearsal schedules.
In Part 2, which will take place in the next class period, facilitated practice by the newly formed small ensembles will occur. The teacher will oversee the small group rehearsals and offer comments and practice strategies when needed.
In Part 3, the midpoint (which will take place two weeks from the starting day), students will practice in class for additional brief feedback from the teacher, who will also check rehearsal journals.
In Part 4, which will take place at the end of the four weeks, students will perform their pieces in class for their peers and be scored on a number of dimensions from the process and the performance using a provided rubric. An audio recording of each performance will be made for the teacher’s use in scoring students’ performances.
This item has been voluntarily field-tested by Michigan teachers with a non-representative sample of students.
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