Notation in Five-Finger Positions

Notation in Five-Finger Positions

Angie Vaughn
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Old Rochester Regional JHS

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:



Middle School


General Music


Electronic Keyboards EMacs or similar Sibelius or other notation program


70 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

Students have basic keyboard skills and are able to perform 2 or more 8-16 measure songs in C, F, and G major five-finger positions by following finger numbers.

MENC Standards Addressed:

MENC 5: Reading and notating music.


Music for songs written with finger numbers instead of traditional notation. Sibelius “Teaching Tools- Student Skills Guide”, Edition 2 by Justin Baron, Victor Spiegel, and Ben Finn. Copyright – Sibelius Softward Ltd 2000-2002. Overhead projector.


At the end of this lesson students will be able to use Sibelius to: 1. transfer a song from “finger-number” notation to traditional notation using step entry. 2. add expression markings to a song. 3. make needed corrections on a score using the notation program.


1. Review previously learned songs in C, G, and F five-finger positions. (5 min.) 2. Review names of lines and spaces in bass and treble clefs. (5 min.) 3. Demonstrate step time input using the overhead projector. Students can refer to #13 in the Student Skills Book. (15 min.) 4. Student will choose one song to notate. (25 min.) 5. Demonstrate adding expression markings to songs. Students can refer to #22 in the Student Skills Book. (5 min.) 6. Student will add 2 or more expression markings to the score and make needed corrections. (10) 7. Ask students to print their final products.


Printed scores will be evaluated for: 1. accuracy of pitches (30 points) 2. correct placement of expression markings (15 points) 3. appropriateness of expression markings used (5 points)

Follow Up:

1. Add lyrics to the notated songs. 2. Introduce concept of theme and variations by adding to the existing scores. 3. Alter the form of the songs. (e.g. A-B-A changes to A-A-B-A).

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