Melodic Dictation

Melodic Dictation

Dale Sellers
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Donegal High School

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Notation Software


High School


Music Theory


Computer running Finale or Finale NotePad software


15 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

One lesson on melodic dictation.
Proficiency with Finale or Finale Notepad music notation software (be able to operate the playback controls, and enter notes and rhythms).

NAfME Standards of 1994 Addressed:

NAfME Standards of 1994: Reading and notating music.

NAfME 2014: Creating 

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

NAfME 2014: Responding 


Right click these links to download – Finale worksheet and answer sheet

Teacher-generated notation file set up as a four measure staff with clef, key signature, and time signature indicated.


Students will be able to notate a four-measure melody.


1. The student receives the melodic dictation Finale file (and the answer file) from the teacher.
2. The student plays the file three separate times using the playback controls and notates the melody on the blank staff. (The file plays a tonic chord to establish the key, gives a four-click count-off, and then plays the melody.)


The student opens the answer file and checks his/her answer.

Follow Up:

Other Finale files with more complex melodies.

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