Amazing Authentic Learning Project
Title & Summary
Title: Create a Composition
Summary: Students in 6th grade general music will compose their own song to be performed
for the class.
South Dakota State Standards
Music Standard Three: Students will read and notate music. Benchmarks 5-8,
A. Read whole, half, quarter, eighth, sixteenth, and dotted notes and rests in 2/4, 3 /4, 4/4,
6/8, 3/8, and alla breve meter signatures.
C. Read standard notation symbols for pitch, rhythm, dynamics, tempo, articulation, and
D. Use standard notation to record their musical ideas and the musical ideas of others.
Materials & Technology
Music Notes I (taken in September) inside your music folder
Assignment rubric (handout)
Pen or pencil
Website: http://www.noteflight.com (students will create an account and need to
remember their login and password)
Intended learning outcomes
Students are able to combine musical notation on the staff in treble and bass clefs in a 4-4
time signature with accurate counting and utilize whole, half, quarter, and eighth notes in
Students develop a deeper appreciation for music as a result of composing and realize
more of the elements that are included when creating music.
Students will practice appropriate audience etiquette when they are listening to the
compositions in class.
6th Grade General Music
1. The composition will be composed for bass clef and treble clef,
and will be played on the piano.
2. The composition will be done in 4-4 time.
3. The composition will be due on__________________________.
4. The composition must have a title.
Rubric for Grading of the Boom Whacker Composition
must make use
of all of
on the Note
eighth) in both
9 or fewer
Three or more
use one of
two of the
to this time.
be used but
Does not use
all of the
beats (4) in
half of the
Only one clef
pyramid in the
How & why the project is authentic
Composing is a professional job in which people create music by writing it with musical
notation so that it may be performed, purchased, copyrighted, listened to, and enjoyed by
others. This is an authentic assignment because composing is done “in the real world.”
How & why the project requires learner to: design, experiment, or communicate
Students must create music on the page; in essence, design the composition.
Final Assignment & Required Elements
See Rubric for composition requirements.
Instructional Procedures with materials & technology, content covered, &
pedagogical approach implemented
Day 1: Folders will be passed out at the beginning of class along with the rubric.
Students will receive the rubric, to be read aloud, explained, and any questions
answered. They will write their name on the sheet, class period, and due date.
We will start a sample composition on the board together. Students will write
their own example of two or three measures with 4 beats each on their own
Day 2: Class will go to the computer lab with their folder, notes, rubric, and
pencil. We will go to the Noteflight website and create a login and password
(which should be written down on the rubric.) Then we will watch the tutorial
video for using Noteflight. Students may begin working on their composition.
Day 3: In the lab working on compositions.
Day 4: In the lab working on compositions. Compositions due at the end of
class. Turn in composition and rubric together.
Day 5: We will discuss proper concert etiquette and then the teacher will begin
playing the compositions. The title will be announced before the piece is
played. After the composition is done, the composer will be announced and
the audience can clap.
Day 6: Continue playing compositions until everyone’s has been performed.