Musical Jeopardy! What’s the Question?

Musical Jeopardy! What’s the Question?

Mark Williams
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Pequea Valley H.S.

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Electronic Musical Instruments


High School


Music Theory


Sibelius 3, computer, midi keyboard


82 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

Basic, simple keyboard skills, staff letter names, basic note entry skills.

NAfME Standards of 1994 Addressed:

NAfME Standards of 1994: Improvising melodies, harmonies, and accompaniments.

NAfME 2014: Creating

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

NAfME 2014: Creating

NAfME Standards of 1994: Reading and notating music.

NAfME 2014: Creating


Worksheet, staff on chalk or white board (or other media as available) to demonstrate examples, recordings or scores of music (particularly from the Classical period) that can be played for the students. (i.e. keyboard, any musical instrument, CD player,…)


SWBAT create a melodic ‘question’ to a provided musical ‘answer’.
SWBAT analyze the structure of a melody.
SWBAT enter the melody into a notation program (i.e. Sibelius 3)
SWBAT play the entire, completed melody on a keyboard.


1. Play new recordings and/or perform live on any instrument examples of music that clearly demonstrate phrase construction that can be identified as “question and answer”, “Antecedent and consequent”, or simply “rise and fall”. Review this concept. (20 min)
2. Present students with handout containing several examples of melodic ‘answers’ with an empty staff where the ‘question’ would occur. (2 min.)


The work sheet will be graded based upon completed work and the quality of the composed ‘question’. Emphasis will be based upon the relationship between the question to the answer, its feeling of setting up the anticipated response, and adherence to music notation norms and rules.
Students will critique their own and optionally, other students’ responses.

Follow Up:

Melodic construction that does not contain and “question and answer” structure.

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