In this assessment, the students will identify different sounds from traditional and nontraditional instruments as well as other sound sources, and then provide the context and the rationale for their identifications.
The students should have had previous experiences using class percussion instruments, nontraditional sound sources (e.g., STOMP), or electronic sound sources through apps on an iPad or comparable device. Students should have had previous exposure to rhymes/songs and rhythm patterns in duple and/or triple meters. Students also should have had listening lessons that exposed them to instrument families, singing, non-Western instruments, and nontraditional sound sources. Finally, students should have a working vocabulary of terms to describe timbre and sound characteristics.
This item has been voluntarily field-tested by Michigan teachers with a non-representative sample of students.
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