Planning and Preparation
Course Scope and Sequence: Second, Third, and Fourth Grade Violin Class
It is crucial to understand a student's trajectory through a year long course, let alone a three year program. This brief scope and scale of my violin course, outlines how students develop and refine their fundamental skills, while scaffolding their knowledge from year to year to effectively perform on violin. Each class is approximately 26 students who meet for one hour once a week. The program is approximately 600 students. This is one snapshot of multiple courses offered throughout this particular music curriculum.
Lesson Plan: Rite of Spring Article Critique
A teacher needs to be able to plan effective instruction that is responsive to academic standards and the developmental needs and abilities of students. This lesson plan demonstrates my ability to create a dynamic lesson plan that utilizes a variety of technological resources for the purpose of student driven research, analysis, critical thinking, and creativity. This project is designed to outline the expectations for an article students are to write as a journalists after attending the "first performance" of the Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. Students are expected to follow the outlined process and complete a variety of exercises that scaffold their knowledge and organize content so that, even students who struggle with writing, can have a clear foundation to construct an article from.
This unit plan is designed for a course in which students use computers to research and learn how to use Finale Music Notation Software. Students use Finale to compose a variety of songs with given guidelines. This unit is designed universally for a variety of learners. Students are to approach this unit with an ability to think critically and analytically while learning a new piece of software that deals with musical elements. The course outcomes of this unit are reflected in students progress throughout the unit, and a compilation of their creative works that showcase the knowledge and skills they have expanded throughout the course.
Test: Impressionism and Rite of Spring Quiz
This quiz is designed to assess students knowledge of elements of Impressionism and Rite of Spring. The test is made up of multiple choice questions from content covered both in lecture and discussion, and from computer based WebQuest activities. There is also a two short answer questions in which students are required to not only answer the question, but justify, meaningfully, their answer using a variety of sources.
Rubric: Finale Project 4
This rubric is designed to outline the expectations for the fourth and final project within the Finale Unit Plan referenced above. This project consists of a variety of elements students have been preparing throughout the unit. It outlines the requirements for the composition and provides guidelines for student's creative processes, without limiting their ability to showcase their individuality. The main musical elements that are assessed are students ability to label and use all examples contrapuntal motion and dynamics and expression markings.
DAN.1Domain 1: Planning and Preparation (Danielson, 1996)
- DAN.1a - Demonstrating Knowledge of Content and Pedagogy (Danielson, 1996)
- DAN.1b - Demonstrating Knowledge of Students. (Danielson, 1996)
- DAN.1c - Selecting Instructional Goals (Danielson, 1996)
- DAN.1d - Demonstrating Knowledge of Resources. (Danielson, 1996)
- DAN.1e - Designing Coherent Instruction (Danielson, 1996)
- DAN.1f - Assessing Student Learning. (Danielson, 1996)