This activity facilitates student application of rhythmic knowledge, time signatures, and standard notation while being simple enough to be accessible to students after only a few months of study. Constraints assure success as students complete their first composition.
1. First draft- students compose rhythms within common time. Then they choose what pitches to assign to each note.
2. Final draft- students transfer their rhythms and notes to a five-line staff.
3. Self-Assessment Checklist- students check that their work fits the guidelines and is correctly notated.