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Angela Dench

Dr. Frierson-Campbell
MUSI 4290
April 27, 2015

Assessment Plan: Ensemble Technique


Grade 9-12 Lodi HS Band
Learning Goal
Assessment
Overall learning
goal
Week 1 SWBAT
perform with
accurate and
musically sensitive
dynamics (piece of
reference, Majestia
by James
Swearingen)
Week 1
1.3.12.B.1
Technical accuracy,
musicality, and
stylistic
considerations vary
according to genre,
culture, and historical
era.
1.3.12.B.2
The ability to read
and interpret music
impacts music
fluency.
Week 2 SWBAT
perform with
technical and
rhythmic accuracy
and appropriate
speed when playing
unison rhythms in
soli sections (piece of
reference American
Overture by Joseph
Wilcox Jenkins)
Week 2
1.3.12.B.1
Technical accuracy,

Format of
Adaptations
Assessment
(Differentiation)
By the culmination of the unit, students will have a better
grasp on ensemble playing and technique.
PreAssessment

Observation

Formative
Assessment
PostAssessment

Observation

PreAssessment
Formative
Assessment

Rubric (Week 1)

PostAssessment

Rubric (see attached)

Rubric (see attached)

Observation

musicality, and
stylistic
considerations vary
according to genre,
culture, and historical
era.
1.3.12.B.2
The ability to read
and interpret music
impacts music
fluency.
Week 3 SWBAT
identify significant
melodic ideas and
catalogue them to
respond and balance
ensemble sound and
dynamics(piece of
reference, Sweet
Trombone Rag by Al
Sweet)
Week 3
1.3.12.B.1
Technical accuracy,
musicality, and
stylistic
considerations vary
according to genre,
culture, and historical
era.
1.3.12.B.2
The ability to read
and interpret music
impacts music
fluency.
Week 4 SWBAT
perform complex
passages which
dovetail between
sections with overall
ensemble rhythmic
accuracy(piece of
reference American
Overture by Joseph
Wilcox Jenkins)
Week 4
1.3.12.B.1
Technical accuracy,

PreAssessment
Formative
Assessment
PostAssessment

Rubric (Week 2)

PreAssessment

Rubric (Week 3)

Formative
Assessment

Observation

PostAssessment

Rubric (see attached)

Observation
Rubric (see attached)

musicality, and
stylistic
considerations vary
according to genre,
culture, and historical
era.
1.3.12.B.2
The ability to read
and interpret music
impacts music
fluency.

Needs
Improvement
Ensemble
performs with
complete
disregard for
dynamics.

Proficient

Week 2:
Ensemble
Rhythm
(unison
sections)

Ensemble
performs with
poor attacks
and releases,
with no regard
to ensemble
rhythm and
unity.

Ensemble
plays with
cleans attacks
and releases,
with some
regard to
ensemble
rhythm and
unity.
Passages with
moving notes
are generally
aligned within
each section.

Ensemble
plays with
clean attacks
and releases
with regard to
ensemble
rhythm and
unity.
Passages with
moving notes
are generally
aligned within
the ensemble.

Week 3:
Melodic
Sensitivity

Ensemble is
not able to
recognize
musical
components
and cannot
respond
dynamically in
a sensitive

Ensemble is
able to
recognize
basic melodic
ideas and the
harmony
which
accompanies
them and can

Ensemble is
able to
recognize
melodic ideas,
including
countermelodi
es and the
harmony
which

Week 1:
Dynamics

Ensemble
performs with
written
dynamics.

Advanced
Proficient
Ensemble
plays with a
complete
dynamic
range
sensitively.

Mastery
Ensemble
plays with a
complete
dynamic
range
sensitively
and
appropriate
arsis thesis.
Ensemble
plays with
clean attacks
and releases
with great
sensitivity to
ensemble
rhythm and
unity.
Passages with
moving notes
are completely
aligned within
the ensemble.
Ensemble is
able to
recognize
melodic ideas,
including
countermelodi
es, harmony,
and elements
within

manner.

respond with
somewhat
appropriate
dynamics.

accompanies
them and can
respond in an
appropriate
and sensitive
manner.

harmony
(tendency
tones) and
respond with
appropriate
dynamics
sensitively
and with
educated arsis
thesis
judgments.