Creating a melody

Norm Stull
nstull@perkiomen.org
Perkiomen School

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Electronic Musical Instruments
Notation Software
Music Production

Level:

Elementary

Class:

General Music

Equipment:

Computer with midi interface
Finale or notepad 2007

Duration:

40 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

ability to recognize notes C, D, E, F, G are on the keybpard

MENC Standards Addressed:

MENC 2: Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
MENC 3: Improvising melodies, harmonies, and accompaniments.
MENC 4: Composing and Arranging Music within specified guidelines.
MENC 5: Reading and notating music.

Materials:

Right click to download the Finale file.

Midi keyboard integrated with a computer
Finale or note pad 2007
smart board (optional)

Objectives:

Students will create a melody from notes C,D,E,F,G.
Students will choose ether quater notes (number 5 ) or half notes (number 6) and then play the pitch on the keyboard

Procedures:

Students open up Finale “Creating a melody”.mus file.
Students drag a note to fill up each measure matching the given rhythm. Have the students play it back and make corrections.

Evaluation:

Students then will play their melody for the class. They can do this at their computer. (I would have them send it to my computer and I would show the class their melody on the smart board.) Students would then talk about their feeling about the melody.

Follow Up:

Expanding the melodic range
Expanding the elodic lenght

Items to Purchase:

notepad at www. Finale.com (it’s free)

When budget should be submitted:

 

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