Half-Step Identification

Francis J. Caravella
frank_caravella@mtwp.net
Manheim Township High School

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Notation Software

Level:

High School

Class:

Instrumental

Equipment:

Computer, Finale

Duration:

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.

MENC Standards Addressed:

MENC 5: Reading and notating music.
MENC 6: Listening to, analyzing and describing music.

Materials:

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

Objectives:

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.

Procedures:

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.

Evaluation:

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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