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Learning to Sightread Music
Diane Trotter
Arts, performing




Unit created on 10/25/1999 EST.
Last modified 11/12/1999 10:26:09 AM EST.


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Fundamental Understandings (help)


The students will learn the letter names of lines and spaces as well as the basic symbols necessary to read music on the bass and treble clefs.


Technology ISTE Standards (info) 


Basic operations and concepts Identify capabilities and limitations of contemporary and emerging technology resources and assess the potential of these systems and services to address personal, lifelong learning, and workplace needs.

Information Literacy Standards (info) 


The student who is information literate: Standard 1 Accesses information efficiently and effectively, as described by the following indicators: recognizes that accurate and comprehensive information is the basis for intelligent decision making; formulates questions based on information needs; identifies a variety of potential sources of information; develops and uses successful strategies for locating information. Standard 2: Evaluates information critically and competently, as described by the following indicators: determines accuracy, relevance, and comprehensiveness; distinguishes among facts, point of view, and opinion; identifies inaccurate and misleading information; selects information appropriate to the problem or question at hand. Standard 3: Uses information effectively and creatively, as described by the following indicators: organizes information for practical application; integrates new information into one's own knowledge; applies information in critical thinking and problem solving; produces and communication information and ideas in appropriate formats. Category II: Independent Learning The student who is an independent learner is information literate and: Standard 6: Strives for excellence in information seeking and knowledge generation, as described by the following indicators: assesses the quality of the process and products of one's own information seeking; devises strategies for revising, improving, and updating self-generated knowledge. Category III: Social Responsibility The student who contributes positively to the teaming community and to society is information literate and: Standard 7: Recognizes the importance of information to a democratic society, as described by the following indicators: seeks information from diverse sources, contexts, disciplines, and cultures; respects the principle of equitable access to information. Standard 8 Practices ethical behavior in regard to information and information technology, as described by the following indicators: respects the principles of intellectual freedom; respects intellectual property rights; uses information technology responsibly. Standard 9: Participates effectively in groups to pursue and generate information, as described by the following indicators: shares knowledge and information with others; respects others' ideas and backgrounds and acknowledges their contributions; collaborates with others, both in person and through technologies, to identify information problems and to seek their solutions; collaborates with others, both in person and through technologies, to design, develop, and evaluate information products and solutions.

Relevance (help)


This lesson is fundamental to learning to sightread and the pursuit of music as a vocation or avocation. Music is a universal language and the notation is generic.

Assessment (help)


Daily informal assessments will be made by asking students questions to check for understanding and the use of word games to add fun and excitement to the task. Written quizzes will be given at the end of each lesson and two cumulative tests will be given midway and at the end of the unit.

Components (help)


Components include: 1. Learning lines and spaces and clef signs necessary to read music. 2. Learning the names of notes in the treble clef including mnemonics which will help with recall and later memorization. 3. Learning the names of notes in the bass clef including mnemonics which will help with recall and later memorization. 4. Combining the treble and bass clefs to develop the habit of reading both clefs simultaneously. 5. Learning to identify rests marks which form articulation, separating words and phrases.

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