Mystery Song Notation

Mystery Song Notation

Darlene Needham
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Jerry Ross Elementary, Crown Point, IN

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:





General Music


Computers, MIDI Keyboards, Headphones, Finale NotePad


40 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

Basics of Finale NotePad
Notation of pitches on Treble Staff
How to open a file from a folder

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 

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

NAfME 2014: Responding 


Prepared NotePad file saved to folder
Television or data projector


Students will analyze notated rhythm of prepared file and identify the song that has that rhythm.
Students will “drag and click” notes to proper place on the Treble Staff to notate the identified song.
Students will print their individual work for assessment.


5 minutes – Teacher will introduce project to class using television or data projection. Teacher will show NotePad file of the mystery song (I used “America”) and say or clap the rhythm with the class, cautioning the students not to call out the title.
Teacher will review precedure of “drag and click” as the method to put the notes on the proper line or space to notate the melody of the song. Depending on the previous experience of the students, teacher may want to identify the first pitch of the piece.
Remind students to put Name and Class on their project before printing.
35 minutes – Students will use remainder of classtime to complete and print the project.


Assess both song title and notatino.

Follow Up:

Studetns can create own “Mystery Song.”
Students can use other methods of note entry.
Students can add chords or accompaniment using PrintMusic or
Students can add parts using PrintMusic or Finale.

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