Melodic Sequence

Melodic Sequence

Sandy Kleisner
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Housatonic Valley Regional HS

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:



High School




I mac music lab
Sibelius software


20 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

Knowledge of and abiltiy to identify intervals in a melody.

MENC Standards Addressed:

MENC 1: Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
MENC 5: Reading and notating music.
MENC 6: Listening to, analyzing and describing music.
MENC 7: Evaluating music and music performances.




Students will be doing a worksheet activity to identify what makes a melodic sequence. Questions will be asked of the students so that they may come up with a definition of the term Melodic sequence and be able to identify it in other musical selections.


In a warm-up activity, students will sing the numbers of the various intervals within a scale. Some time wil be spent on the interval of a rising 6th and the falling third. Time will be spent at the board to review the intervals as they are written. Students will then be given the worksheet to analyze the intervals on the given melody. Students will share their definition of melodic sequence to come up with a definition that the entire class can agree on. They will then sing the example. Thus they will be able to see sequence on a staff and hear it as it is sung. They will then write their own example of a simple sequence. These will be shared by the class.


Students understanding of melodic sequence will be revealed by their abiity to come up with a definition, make up their own example, sing the example and finally, recognize it in another piece of music.

Follow Up:

Present another piece that uses melodic sequence.
Use the students examples of sequence as a sight singing exersize.
Students can then evaluate each others’ work.

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