Half-Step Identification

Half-Step Identification

Francis J. Caravella
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Manheim Township High School

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Notation Software


High School




Computer, Finale


15-20 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

An understanding of half-step versus whole-step intervals. A working knowledge of the Smart Shape and Staff Tools in Finale.

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 


The attached Finale document and (optional) Advanced Technique for Strings (Hal Leonard).


This lesson is designed to support the curriculum of my orchestra class. Students are asked to identify the half-steps in a melody they are required to play for a proficiency exam. The goal is to improve accuracy of fingering and intonation through enhanced understanding of the intervallic relationship between adjacent notes. The assessment is built into the document and explained in the instructions.


This document would be provided to students as “homework.” They would be expected to complete the assignment prior to performing their playing proficiency. No time would be spent during class on this exercise.


The assessment is built into the document and explained in the instructions.

Follow Up:

I would consider this document to be a template which can easily be adapted for multiple lessons simply by replacing the exercise with an alternate example.

Items to Purchase:

A computer and one copy of Finale.

When budget should be submitted:


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