-rhythmic clapping and counting
-melody direction, intervals and notation skills
-tracking or testing purposes for portfolios
Introduce your goals to the students, as shown above. Play each melody in a method you use for typical melodic or rhythmic dictation. Students fill in the missing notation.
If your students have a tablet (iPad, for example) with an app that provides a piano keyboard, they could play the melody back after hearing it in echo fashion, instead of clapping or singing, or do a combination of methods.
Depending on your students’ keyboard ability, they could use tablets to inquire, test, and complete their sheet with a partner, without teacher help. If using GarageBand, the students could perform, record, (and share) their melodies. They could also try to play the various melodies transposed into keys close to the original, example, C major to D, F, G major.
This could also lead into improvisation on the keyboard. Encourage them to add a drum loop in a separate track. Smart Instruments are an exciting way to introduce simple chording (I, IV, V) to elevate these simple melodies.
Ultimate scenario: group of 3 or 4 students using the Jam Session feature of GarageBand for iOS.