Ensemble Performance on MIDI Keyboards

Ensemble Performance on MIDI Keyboards

Jeffrey Flynn
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Bartlett High School

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Electronic Musical Instruments

Level:

High School

Class:

 

Equipment:

MIDI keyboards

Duration:

35 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

1)Basic ability in reading music notation
2)Basic keyboard skills
3)Ability to assess and evaluate constructively

MENC Standards Addressed:

MENC 2: Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
MENC 5: Reading and notating music.
MENC 7: Evaluating music and music performances.

Materials:

Four part chorales written at a suitable level

Objectives:

1) Students will be able to perform a single-line part alone and within the context of a larger ensemble with accurate pitches and rhythm.

2)Students will be able to evalute the performances of other student groups in regards to pitch and rhythmic accuracy.

Procedures:

1)Each student will learn his/her part and perform it alone on a keyboard. (10 min)

2)Each student will perform his/her part with others to complete the four part chorale. (15 min)

3)Each student will evaluate his/her performance as well as that of other students. Evaluation will be based upon accuracy of pitch and rhythm only. (10 min)

Evaluation:

Students will be evaluated on pitch accuracy, rhythmic accuracy, and ensemble cohesion. Evaluations will be given by the instructor as well as by the other students.

Follow Up:

Add other musical elements to be assessed (dynamics, phrasing, articulations, etc.)

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