Music Notation Software: Articulation and Expression Tools

Music Notation Software: Articulation and Expression Tools

Brad Boandl
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Nazareth Area Middle School

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Notation Software


Middle School


General Music


Single Computer or Computer Lab
Notation Software (NotePad)


40 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

Basic knowledge of articulation and dynamic symbols

NAfME Standards of 1994 Addressed:

NAfME Standards of 1994: Composing and Arranging Music within specified guidelines.
NAfME Standards of 1994: Reading and notating music.

NAfME 2014: Creating 


Right click to download the related Finale Notepad file

Computer, Music Notation Software (NotePad), Assignment Template


Students will be able to use the expression tool to add dynamic markings to the piece.

Students will be able to use the articulation tool to add articulation marks to the notes.


Students open the assignment template with music notation software (NotePad)
Teacher demonstrates the proper use of the expression and articulation tools.
Students are given time to experiment with the tools.
Students add expression and articulation markings to the assignment template.
Students share their work with a partner.
Students present work to the class.
Students identify dynamic and articulation marks in each project.


The students will evaluate the work of others by identifying the articulation and expression markings in each project by listening.

Follow Up:

Using the Smart Shape tool:
Add hairpin crescendos and decrescendos.
Add slurs.

Items to Purchase:

You can use Finale NotePad for this lesson. (Free Program)

When budget should be submitted:


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