Error Detection (using classroom listening examples)

A lesson plan by Aaron Datsko, datskoa@lmsd.org, Lower Merion High School, PA

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Notation

Level:

Advanced High School

Equipment:

Computer Lab
Headphones
Sibelius Notation Software

Duration:

45 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

Students have working knowledge of Sibelius Notation software.
Students have working knowledge of high school level music theory.

NAfME standard of 1994 Addressed:

NAfME standard of 1994: Reading and notating music.

NAfME 2014: Creating 

NAfME standard of 1994: Listening to, analyzing and describing music.

NAfME 2014: Responding 

Materials:

Teacher-provided file of examples with built in errors.

Objectives:

Students will be able to identify errors in musical examples aurally and visually.
Students will be able to correct errors in musical examples using the Sibelius notation software.

Procedures:

Students will be given a copy of the teacher-provided file to load into Sibelius.

Students are directed to use the program’s playback capabilites to listen to the examples. students are told in advance how many errors are in each example.

Students listen to the examples and locate the errors.

After errors are located, the students will correct them using the notation software.

Upon correcting all examples, students will print a hard copy for teacher evaluation.

Evaluation:

Have students identified all errors correctly?

Have students mis-identified any correct passages as errors?

Have students correctly changed the errors (making sure that they are tonally and theoretically correct)?

Follow Up:

Error detection using more complicated material.

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