Each student will sight-read one of the four-measure melodies provided in this item or another developmentally appropriate example chosen by the teacher. The melodies provided vary according to the different competencies expected of students in grades 6, 7, and 8, as specified in the GLCEs above. Alternatively, musical excerpts could be chosen by the teacher and should differ according to the level of experience, skill, and ability of the students. Examples should be approximately four to eight measures in length, and can be chosen from a method book or piece of music or be created by the teacher. Excerpts should be aligned with the appropriate grade-level content standards.
Instrumental examples should be in an appropriate key and range for the instrument that students are playing and the developmental level of the students being assessed. Suggested keys for middle school-level band students include Concert B-flat major, Concert E-flat major, Concert F major. Suggested keys for middle school-level orchestra students include G major, D major, and A major.
Students will be assigned by the teacher to a separate assessment space (practice room, office, vacant classroom, etc.) for the assessment.
If the teacher chooses to use the melodies in the Teacher Booklet, because the melody bank does not appear in the Student Booklet, students will not have time to practice before they report to the assessment space, which allows for consistency.
Students will be evaluated on their ability to perform the correct pitches and rhythms, their performance fluency, and their ability to play with musical expression (e.g., dynamics, articulation). The teacher will score the work later and compile the results on the MAEIA Classroom Score Summary on page X of the Teacher Booklet.
This assessment requires the assistance of a musically qualified proctor, such as a parent, a music colleague at the school, a student teacher, or another music student, to administer the assessment in the assessment space.
This item has been voluntarily field-tested by Michigan teachers with a non-representative sample of students.
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