Introduction to Cut-time

A lesson plan by Mark Kothe, [email protected], Susquehanna Township

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Notation

Level:

Elementary/Middle School

Equipment:

PC – running Sibelius

Duration:

10 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

Have enough skills on their instrument to play the b-flat concert scale and a basic understanding of rhythm. The students should be comfortable with common time.

NAfME standard of 1994 Addressed:

NAfME standard of 1994: Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

NAfME 2014: Performing 

NAfME standard of 1994: Reading and notating music.

NAfME 2014: Creating 

Materials:

Their instruments
The “Cut-Time” worksheet.

To download the worksheet Mac users control-click or Windows users right-click the following link: Download Worksheet
 

Objectives:

The students will play through the “Cut-Time” worksheet as a group. The students will count in Cut-time. Assessment will be by listening to student performance.

Procedures:

Introduce the “Cut-Time” worksheet. Explain the note values in cut-time. Explain the counting. Have students count aloud with the examples. Have students play the examples on their instruments. This activity is intended to be part of your warm-up portion of your rehearsal. (It would be great if you were about to introduce a band piece in cut-time during the rehearsal.)

Evaluation:

Evaluation will be by listening to the students performance.
Reteach and redo as necessarry.

Follow Up:

Play repetoire in cut-time meter in subsequent rehearsals.

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