Transposition with MIDI Keyboard

Transposition with MIDI Keyboard

Bob Soares
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Somerset High School

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Electronic Musical Instruments


High School




Technology Lab with iMacs, MIDI keyboards,Finale Notation Software


60 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

Grade level proficiency on their main instrument with some knowledge of the keyboard

MENC Standards Addressed:

MENC 1: Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
MENC 2: Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
MENC 6: Listening to, analyzing and describing music.


Grade 3 Band or Orchestra arrangement
Student’s instruments
MIDI Keyboards


Students will:
*play the part for their own instrument alone and with the rest of
the class as an ensemble.
*play a different part on a MIDI keyboard
*use the MIDI keyboard to learn and understand transpositions
*discuss and attempt to reproduce the timbres of a traditional
instrument on a MIDI keyboard


Students will perform a simple instrumental arrangement after which they will be given the part for an instrument which they are not familiar. Students will be introduced to the MIDI keyboard and general MIDI. After practicing their new part with the correct GM patch, each student will perform alone. When all students have performed alone, they will play as a group. Students will discover that although they are playing with the correct timbre, that the music will be out of tune. At this time students will be introduced to transposition and teh process of tuning and transposing on electronic instruments.


Students will be assessed on:
*their ability to perform on their instrument with correct pitch,
rhythm and style.
*ability to tune their instrument and the MIDI keyboard
*their knowledge of wind and brass transpositions

Follow Up:

Use a notation program to enter notations and transpose
Create a four part arrangement using transpositions

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