Crossing the Clarinet Break

Crossing the Clarinet Break

Robert Hazel
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Cecil County MD Public Schools

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Notation Software






Computer, Sibelius software, MIDI Keyboard,


30-40 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

Appropriate performance skills on clarinet.
Prior experience inputting notation in Sibelius.

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.
MENC 6: Listening to, analyzing and describing music.
MENC 7: Evaluating music and music performances.


Sibelius Worksheets “Clarinet – Crossing Break 1” and
“Clarinet – Crossing Break 2”


1. Students will perform melodies on clarinet in upper register in 6-tone diatonic range (B2 – G3)
2. Students will demonstrate reading and notating skills in the target range
3. Students will compose, share , and perform (individually and together) melodies in target register


1. Practice performing selected examples from Worksheet 1 with class. Have class and individuals perform selected examples.
2. Following teacher model, students will enter melodies (4 measures in 4/4 meter) into projected Worksheet 2, followed by class and individual performance.


Assessment of accuracy in note name recognition and fingering associations during performance activities.

Follow Up:

1. Save selected student-created melodies, create digital accompaniments for class and individual performance.
2. Continue to extend range on clarinet with expanded similar activity.
3. Transpose student-created melodies down octave with Sibelius for simultaneous performance.

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