Minus 1: Locate the Missing Voice

Minus 1: Locate the Missing Voice

Jon-Thomas G. Houser
houjon@wilsonsd.org
Wilson School District

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Notation Software
Instructional Software

Level:

Middle School

Class:

 

Equipment:

Finale 2006-2008
PC or Mac

Duration:

45 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

Students need to know how to use playback controls in Finale. Students need to have a working knowledge of reading music.

MENC Standards Addressed:

 

Materials:

Right click to download the Finale file

1 Computer for every 2 or 3 students
1 set of headphones for every 2 or 3 students
1 copy of Finale 2006-2008 on each computer
1 file “exercise3.mus” on a shared server that students have access to
1 digital projector
1 teacher computer

Objectives:

Students will be able to identify which voice part is missing during an audio playback

Students will be able to mute a given voice part for playback in Finale

Procedures:

-Students will enter class having worked with Finale previously

-Students will be directed to the computer lab
-Unless laptop computers are available for use in classroom

-Students will open Finale

-Students will select Finale>Open>exercise3.mus

-Teacher will ask students to click on View>Studio View

-Teacher will ask students to take a few moments and look at the rhythmic and melodic content in the example on their screen

-Teacher will ask students to listen to the example being played once through in its entirety with all voices playing

-Teacher will explain to students that 1 of the 4 voices will be mutes during the following playback

-Students will be asked to identify which voice part was missing

-Teacher will repeat exercise, muting a different voice, but
first having turned the original missing voice back on

-Students will be asked to identify which voice part was missing
-Students will be led in questioning to deduce the fact that listening for all voices in a piece of music is important

-Students will then be asked to typeset a previously written piece of music, containing 6 voice parts
-Teacher should generate this prior to the lesson to suit rhythmic and melodic needs

-Upon completion students will be shown how to mute given voices

-Students will then work together and take turns playing the example back to each other with different voice parts muted

-Students will be asked to write a choral consisting of 6 voices for homework

Evaluation:

Students will demonstrate the ability to identify which voice part is missing during an audio playback

Students will demonstrate the ability to mute a given voice part for playback

Follow Up:

Students can this this exercise using their own chorale

Teacher can then eliminate multiple voice parts

Teacher can modify 1 voice for playback then ask students to identify what voice was different and what was different about it

Items to Purchase:

Legal copies of Finale 2006, Finale 2007 or Finale 2008
Headphones

When budget should be submitted:

Well in advance

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