TITLE: INTRODUCTION TO MUSICTIME LAKELAND SCHOOL DISTRICT 272 SUBJECT/GRADE: MUSIC: SECONDARY OVERVIEW: First lesson for new users of Musictime software. The lesson will introduce the student to the various functions and windows used for writing music with this program. This lesson helps meet MENC standards #2 and #4 (creating and understanding music). OBJECTIVES: At the end of the lesson the student will be able to: 1. Open Musictime and adjust to MIDI set-up. 2. Create a new piece of music using a template or a custom set-up. 3. Change the key signature, time signature and clef sign on a piece of music. 4. Compose a simple piece of music by adding notes and rests. 5. Manipulate existing music by changing notes, rhythms, adding, inserting, and deleting measures. 6. Print or save a simple song. MATERIALS: Each student or pair of students needs a computer workstation with Musictime installed. It is very helpful if the teacher has access to a Smart board. DURATION: One to two class periods. PRIOR KNOWLEDGE: Student: Basic Windows skills. Teacher: Good working knowledge of Musictime. PROCEDURE: This lesson should be slow paced! Each new skill should be taught using this procedure: 1. Teacher demonstrates the skill. * 2. Teacher explains the skill. * 3. Teacher guides students step by step through the skill. 4. Teacher explains the skill. * 5. Students repeat the skill on their own. 6. Check for understanding before moving on. (* Indicates students with hands off computer) We will teach Musictime by creating a simple song. The teacher will control many elements of this first composition in order to teach the skills. Step by step: 1. Open Musictime 2. Go to the MIDI menu, select MIDI setup. Make sure the output device is your internal synthesizer. Close menu. 3. Look at the desktop. This is the Piano Template. Go to the File menu, select NEW, choose single staves. For the selections in this window choose: 1 Staff, 2 systems per page, and 4 measures per system. Click OK. 4. Make sure your cursor is in the first measure. Go to the Measures menu. Choose key signature. Change key signature to F Major. Make sure you click measures 1 to the END in the upper right-hand corner. Click OK. 5. Make sure your cursor is in the first measure. Go to the Measures menu. Choose time signature. Change time signature to ¾ time. Change back to 4/4. Make sure you click measures 1 to the END in the upper right-hand corner. Click OK. 6. Go to the Window menu. Select palette. Look at the palette, click through its pages, and familiarize yourself with its contents. Return to the CLEFS palette. Choose the bass clef; drag the cursor to the clef on the desktop to change it to bass clef. Change it back to treble clef. 7. Using the Notes palette, select a quarter note, place it on the staff, move it up and down, add a few more. Try adding other value notes. Show students how to select a note and change its value using the keyboard shortcuts. Have students practice using keyboard shortcuts to select rhythms and rests. When done experimenting, teach students how to select the staff and delete their notes. If doing this lesson in two sessions this is a good place to stop. 8. Make sure everyone is still in 4/4 time and in the key of F Major. All students will create their own composition using very strict guidelines. It is important to have rather strict control of some elements during this first lesson, so students will be focused on the objectives. 9. All students must use the same rhythm model. Have four measures of simple rhythm patterns prepared (shown on chalkboard). It is best to use only quarter, half and whole notes. Use rhythms to create natural spots for cadences. 10. Have all students start on the note “F” and end on the note “F”. Encourage students to create a song with a simple easy to follow melody. 11. Students will be working independently during this part of the lesson. Encourage them to listen and edit their compositions. This is good practice using editing tools. 12. When Students are finished have them add a title and their names to the composition. You may have them save the compositions to file or print them for grading. 13. You will find some students will need a lot of time to finish this assignment. Others will finish quickly. Some of the students that finish early can use their extra time to make compositions free of restrictions. This is fun and a better activity than games or Internet. EVALUATION: During the lesson, monitor student’s understanding of what they are doing. This is really what this lesson is about. When the lesson is finished you may want to look at the finished compositions to see if the students were able to follow the directions and use the program effectively. LINKS: For teachers: MENC Standards : The K-12 National Standards, and What They Mean to Music Educators COMMENTS: After completing this lesson you will be able to use Musictime as a tool teach your music theory lessons. The idea here is to give you a place to start. This lesson helps meet MENC standards #2 and #4 (creating and understanding music).
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