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Music Dictation Webquest Introduction: Have you ever listened to the radio and wondered what the musician was playing? Did you ever get a melody stuck in your head that you couldn’t put down on paper? If so, then you need to practice your music dictation. Dictation is the process of writing notes on paper as you hear them. Can you determine different pitches and rhythms? Objective: In this webquest you will be determining your level of pitch discrimination. During this process, you might become frustrated with how easy your find it or how difficult. Don’t give up!! Practicing dictation is the only way to get better. Task: At the end of this process you will be asked to submit your answers to a quiz and a brief essay about the thought process you went through while practicing your dictation. You will also create your own melody or rhythm to perform for the class, which they will dictate back to you. Webquest Process: 1. The first step to successful dictation is to practice. Go to the following site to practice listening to intervals, chords, and scales. http://www.good-ear.com/ At the end of your practice session, describe your thoughts about interval discrimination in a brief essay. Submit this to your instructor along with how many practice examples you did. 2. Go to the following site to practice rhythmic dictation. http://www.emusictheory.com/practice/rhythmDict.html After you finish practicing rhythmic dictation, record your score, average time, and how many you completed. Write a brief essay about your thoughts and processes of rhythmic dictation. How does it differ from melodic (interval) dictation? Did your process differ? 3. After you have finished practicing both rhythmic and melodic dictation, go to the following website and practice dictation. http://www.music-theory.com/index.html The practice section is located under the course examples. At the end of your practice session, record your score for the sections interval and rhythmic and submit it to your instructor. Click on the section, laboratory and practice listening to the chords. This section will prepare you for the sample quiz. When you have finished, take quiz under the graded material section and e mail your results to your instructor. 4. You now have the tools to create a successful melodic or rhythmic dictation for the class. Create it using the Finale or Sibelius software on the school’s computers. The dictation should be 2-4 measures long, contain 5 intervals, one beat of 16th notes, and in simple meter. Remember the difficulties you had when you were practicing and do not make the dictation too difficult. Print off a copy for you and e mail a copy to your instructor. You will perform your dictation for the class in the next period. You will be graded with the following rubric: Music - Composition : Melodic/Rhythmic Dictation Teacher Name: Sara Emde Student Name: ________________________________________ CATEGORY 3 2 1 R - Redo Meter & Rhythm All notes are Most notes are Notes are writtenNotes are written (Rhythmic written neatly written clearly clearly, but in a sloppy and dictations only) using proper using the proper barline illegible manner. barline barline placement is Barline placement. placement. often incorrect. placement is not correct. Needs to be resubmitted. Overall The composition The composition The composition The composition Performance was creative, was somewhat was very basic was not clean/easy to creative and and somewhat complete, and read, and legible. Most of legible to read. At very difficult to included all the required least half of the read. Under half required elements were required of the required elements. included. elements were elements were included. included. Project will need to be revised. Meter & Rhythm All measures have 85% of measures 70% of the Under half of the (rhythmic the correct # of have the correct measures have measure have dictations only) beats and a # of beats and a the correct # of the correct # of variety of rhythms variety of beats. Rhythms beats. are used. rhythms are are very basic Composition Including the use used. Including and do not needs to be of Whole, Half, the use of Whole, expand beyond edited and Quarter, eighth. Half, Quarter, quarter notes. resubmitted. and sixteenth and eighth notes. notes. Melody (melodic Each measure 85% of the 70% of the Half of the dictations only) contains at least measures include measures contain measures are two intervals. The at least twp at least one missing intervals. intervals are intervals and the interval. The Composition written in a intervals are intervals are needs to be variety of written in a written in only edited and directions. variety of one direction. resubmitted. directions. Each rating will be multiplied by 5 and applied to the student’s grade for this lesson. Conclusion: By practicing music dictation, your musical abilities will increase 100%. To be able to recognize intervals can improve a musician’s pitch and ensemble playing. Test it out, practice a melodic dictation every day before you practice and see if you can listen to yourself or the band and determine what intervals are playing. Rhythmic dictation can be a great tool to work out challenging rhythms. If you get stuck, sing or clap the rhythm to help yourself out. There are many other tools which can help you practice dictation, just ask your instructor for more information. Dictation is important in all musicians’ lives, if you enjoy music; dictation is the best tool to improve. This webquest was created for a high school level music class by Sara Emde.
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