Teaching appropriate rehearsal behavior for a keyboard ensemble utilizing a GE3 (Group Educational Teaching Unit).
California University of Pennsylvania
TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:
Electronic Musical Instruments
Each student has a Yamaha Clavinova at their disposal (Clavinova or similar lab) with headphones.
Prior Knowledge and Skills:
Students must have keyboard skills appropriate to Keyboard ensemble repertoire.
MENC Standards Addressed:
MENC 2: Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
MENC 5: Reading and notating music.
MENC 7: Evaluating music and music performances.
A GE3 (Group Educational Teaching Unit) or other group management system is required.
Learn rehearsal procedure for keyboard ensemble,
Identify and find appropriate instrumental patch for ensemble parts they will be performing, and
Discuss keyboard ensemble compositions including general characteristics, form, subjective assessment of aesthetics and any other aspect germane to discussion.
Students will be provided sheet music for keyboard ensemble compositions according to ability. Each piece will be explained according to instrumentation, tempo, dynamic (standardization of individual volume of keyboards) mood and any other pertinent performing aspect (5 minutes.
Parts will be practiced individually while teacher monitors progress and adds comments and assistance (10 minutes).
Ability for students to hear all parts simultaneously will be implemented. Performance of composition will commence (5 minutes).
Students will discuss composition (5 minutes). Additional repertoire is to be distributed and performed as time permits.
Rehearsal will be monitored. Successfully finding the correct instrumental patch will yield 1 point awarded to student.
1 Point will be awarded for correct playing of part (correct notes and rhythm–appropriate to competency).
Active listening of other parts while integrating his/her part within performance will produce 1 point.
Finally, relevant addition to discussion of each composition will yield 1 point.
Continued playing of keyboard ensemble compositions incorporating past lessons of instrumentation, etc… Individual shortcomings can be identified over time and addressed.
Items to Purchase:
Clavinova (or similar) lab’s existence with Group Educational Teaching Unit must be in place.
When budget should be submitted: