Noteflight Learning Edition Activity Templates
Noteflight has partnered with The Vermont MIDI Project and Haiku Learning Systems to bring you a collection of learning activity templates for use in Noteflight Learning Edition (NLE), aimed at primary and secondary grade levels. Find out more about Noteflight Learning Edition.
What’s an activity template? An activity template is a Noteflight Learning Edition web page that contains a set of musical activities related to a single educational theme. Each activity includes explanatory text, musical examples and student exercises using Noteflight scores, and a teacher guide for assessment. Activities are keyed to the U.S. MENC National Standards. Read more…
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Title Description Grade Range Type of classroom setting MENC Standards Addressed preview copy Variations on a Familiar Tune Discover the repeated measures in a familiar folk tune. Make variations of these repeated patterns. 4 - 6 General Music 4,6,7 preview copy Add a Percussion Accompaniment This page is designed to follow the lesson, Variations on a Familiar Tune. Students add a percussion accompaniment to their variations. 4 - 6 General Music 4,6,7 preview copy Write Your Own Canon Analyze two different canons. Compose an original 3 part canon. 9 - 12 Choral Ensembles, General Music 4,6 preview copy Motif and Melody Construct a four measure melody using a simple motif. Explore the techniques of diminution, augmentation, sequencing and inversion. Compose an original melody. 5 - 6 General Music 2,4,6 preview copy Creating an Effective Melody An 8 minute podcast is included in this page to guide students in four strategies for creating an effective melody. 7 - 12 General Music, Performance Ensembles, Theory and Composition 4,6,7 preview copy Composing Using a Sequence Listen to and analyze examples of sequencing beginning with a 9 minute podcast. Students create their own melody utilizing the strategies presented. 7 - 12 General Music, Performance Ensembles, Theory and Composition 4,6,7 preview copy Theory Review: Treble and Bass Clef Notes Review on the names of the notes in the treble and bass clef. 7 - 12 General Music, Performance Ensembles, Theory and Composition 5 preview copy Key Signatures These sequential activities are designed to reinforce understanding of major scales and why key signatures are necessary. 7 - 12 Vocal Ensemble, General Music 5 preview copy Rhythm Practice reading and performing rhythm exercises with a steady beat. Students create their own rhythm exercise. 7 - 12 General Music, Performance Ensembles, Theory and Composition 2,4,5 preview copy Beginning with Harmony Given a harmonic progression, students will create a melody to complement it. Ideas are provided for changing the harmony block chords to add rhythmic interest. 7 - 12 General Music, Performance Ensembles, Theory and Composition 4,5 preview copy Unstructured Composition Assignments Ideas for unstructured assignments for students, beginning with simple guidelines and ending with a completely open-ended composition assignment. 7 - 12 General Music, Performance Ensembles, Theory and Composition 4 preview copy First Steps in Elementary Composition: Melody Motion Ways to move from note to note by steps, skips and repeated tones. Easy first lesson using the Noteflight application. 3 - 5 General Music 4,5 preview copy Create a Percussion Duo Create a short percussion piece and perform it with a classmate. 4 - 6 General Music 2,4, 5 preview copy Melodic Sightreading/Solfege Practice Activities for middle or high school vocalists that can be used or adapted for melodic sightreading using solfege syllables. 7 - 12 Vocal Ensemble 1,4,5,6 preview copy Tamper with Musical Ideas: Transpose This lesson features "T" - transpose - as a technique for musical idea development. 6 - 10 Instrumental Music, General Music 2,4,6,7 preview copy Tamper with Musical Ideas: Add or Adapt This lesson features "A" - add or adapt- play with filler notes and alter the rhythm - as a technique for musical idea development. 6 - 10 Instrumental Music, General Music 2,4,6 preview copy Tamper with Musical Ideas: Minimize or Magnify This lesson features "M" - minimize or magnify - dimunition or augmentation - as a technique for musical idea development. 6 - 10 Instrumental Music, General Music 2,4,6 preview copy Tamper with Musical Ideas: Put to Other Uses This lesson features "P" - put to other uses- changing the timbre or tone quality - as a technique for musical idea development. 6 - 10 Instrumental and Vocal Music, General Music 1,2,4,6 preview copy Tamper with Musical Ideas: Eliminate This lesson features "E" - eliminate- make use of empty space and rests - as a technique for musical idea development. 6 - 10 Instrumental Music, General Music 2,4,6 preview copy Tamper with Musical Ideas: Reverse or Rearrange This lesson features "R" - reverse or rearrange as a technique for musical idea development. 6 - 10 Instrumental Music, General Music 2,4,6 preview copy
Copying templates to your Noteflight Learning Edition account. Each template has both a "preview" link for previewing the content and a "copy" content for copying the template for use in your own NLE account. Once you click the "copy" link you will be prompted to login to Haiku. You can do this by clicking the "sign in" link, then entering your Haiku username. From there, simply follow the prompts for copying the template into the class of your choosing.
This will copy an a template into a page in one of your own Haiku classes. Since this is your own copy, you will be able to modify the content freely. This includes easily adding new content, such as video or audio links.
Each of the "copy" links is a Haiku page resource share. General help on content sharing can be found here.
Grade ranges refer to the standard used in the United States. Further details on The National Association for Music Educations’ National Standards for Music Education can be found on the MENC website.
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