M.E230

Tonality and Meter Identification

Tonality and Meter Identification

Students will listen to the teacher sing songs in major tonality, minor tonality, duple meter, and triple meter. Students will identify the tonality and/or meter aurally and mark their responses in the Student Booklet. Students then will reflect on their performance during the assessment.

Before beginning this assessment, students must have a working knowledge of the terms “major tonality,” “minor tonality,” “duple meter,” and “triple meter.” They should have experience using these terms and aurally identifying music in these categories.

This item has not been field-tested by Michigan teachers.


This is an analytic rubric. The column on the left shows the dimension that is being measured in the student’s performance. The levels across the top row indicate the performance level in the dimensions. Occasionally all dimensions and performance levels are exemplified by multiple students in a single recording.

Teacher Scoring Rubric

  • Dimension
  • Completion

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • Student does not answer either question.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student answers one question but not the other.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student answers both questions, but responses lack depth.

    N/A at this time.
  • Student thoroughly answers both questions.

    N/A at this time.
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