Using Audio to Record Rhythm and Sight Singing Quizzes

Using audio to record rhythm and sight singing quizzes

David Lantz
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East Stroudsburg High School South

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:



High School


Music Theory


Macintosh; MOTU Digital Performer 4; Finale, or other notation program


20 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

Basic rhythm and sight singing skills; Sequencing with Digital Performer

MENC Standards Addressed:

MENC 1: Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
MENC 5: Reading and notating music.
MENC 7: Evaluating music and music performances.


Print out of rhythm /sight singing materials


Students will record performances of rhythm and sight singing tests (I use this because I teach two levels of theory at one time. This way, I can hear and grade tests off class time).


1. Students will create an audio track 2. Students will select built in audio 1-2 for input and output and use built in mic 3. (optional) to record using the headset mic, select apple system preferences, hardware, sound, line in 4. Students will establish a tempo for the test sequence 5. Students will turn on the click track 6. For rhythm tests, students count and clap the example to the click beat; for sight singing, students play starting pitch, then sing the example to the click beat. 7. Students will save performer file to desktop


Each students test will be compared to the original print music and graded for accuracy.

Follow Up:

1. Students should input the exercises into a notation program (for rhythm, use a percussion instrument such as woodblock; for singing, use a sound with pitch, such as piano.) 2. Students should compare their Performer audio test performance to the playback performance of Finale. 3. Students should practice and correct any performance errors. 4. Students should re-take the rhythm/singing test on Performer to better the performance, and hence the grade.

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