Twinkle, Twinkle Little Chord

Brad Steigerwalt
steigerb@northampton.k12.pa.us
Northampton Area Middle School

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Notation

Level:

Middle School/ General Music

Equipment:

Computer Lab with Finale Notepad installed, student headsets

Duration:

42 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

The students know how to use a computer with a mouse.
The students have used finale notepad at least once before.
The students have started to identify chords aurally in class.

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: Creating

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

NAfME 2014: Responding

Materials:

1. Computer lab with at least one computer per student,
2. Finale Notepad or higher must be installed on each machine.
3. Computers must have 1 headset per student
4. Several teacher made templates that the students will complete
5. Printouts of the songs for each student.

Download the attached file (zip compressed).

Objectives:

1. The students will be able to notate 3 simple chords.
2. The students will be able to aurally evaluate a piece of music, placing chords where appropriate.
3. The students will be able to experiment rhythmically with their chords within a piece of music.

Procedures:

1. Teacher will create templates to allow the students to create their harmonies.
2. In class, the teacher will review chords, how they are spelled, and practice hearing chord changes.
3. In the lab, the teachers will go over opening the file, how to create a chord, how to play the song, and how to save their work.
4. The students will open the template.
5. The students will listen to the melody, marking on their papers where they think the chords change.
6. The students will experiment by placing chords at those places.
7. The students will listen to their work.
8. The students will experiment by placing those chords in different rhythms within those changes.
9. The students will listen to their work.
10. The students will save their work.

Evaluation:

1. Were the students able to place the chord changes at the correct places with no more than 2 errors?
2. Were the students able to correctly notate their chords and rhythms?
3. Were the students able to evaluate their harmonies to identify errors?

Follow Up:

1. Computer lab with at least one computer per student,
2. Finale Notepad or higher must be installed on each machine.
3. Computers must have 1 headset per student
4. Several teacher made templates that the students will complete
5. Printouts of the songs for each student.

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