Do You Hear What I Hear?

Do You Hear What I Hear?

Raechel Robidoux
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Nicholas A. Ferri Middle School

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:



Middle School


General Music


Computer, CD-ROM, notation software, headphones, printer, SMART Board or LCD Projector, CD burner (for instructor generated recordings)


45 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

Students should be able to identify notes by name (A-G) and also be able to identify whole, half, quarter, and eighth notes. They also need to be familiar with the following musical terms: pitch, note value and staff. Students also need a basic knowledge of the notation software.

NAfME Standards of 1994 Addressed:

NAfME Standards of 1994: Reading and notating music.

NAfME 2014: Creating 


Instruction sheet
Instructional CD
Notation Software


Students will demonstrate their knowledge of notation by listening to recordings of rhythmic patterns and notating them in the notation software.


1. Before class – the instructor designs and records CDs with 12 basic rhythmic patterns.

2. Instructor will demonstrate formatting the notation software for the 12-question lesson. (Using LCD projector or SMART Board)

3. Instructor will introduce the project to the class and demonstrate the lesson. (Using the LCD projector or SMART Board).

4. The Instructor will review the procedure of “drag and click” as the method to put the notes on the proper line or space to notate the rhythm.

5. Students will listen to the CD in their CD-ROM player. Each question will be played three times using a metronome in the background. After the student listens to the pattern they will have to notate the exact pattern with the software.

6. Students will use remainder of the class to complete and print the assignment.


Students who have successfully completed this activity will print out a completed manuscript with the correct rhythmic notation matching the rhythm in the provided recording.

Follow Up:

Follow up lessons can include additional recordings of increasing difficulty and varying time signatures.

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