Lesson Plan for SoundTree

September 2004

 

Exploring the CTK-671 Tones, Advanced Tones & Rhythmic Patterns

This lesson serves as an introduction to the CTK-671.

 

National Standard:  2 Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

                           3 Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments.

4 - Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines.

6 - Listening to, analyzing and describing music.

7 - Evaluating music and music performances.

        

Objective:    The students will demonstrate their understanding of the operational aspects of the CTK-671 by selecting various tones, advanced tones, and rhythm patterns based on parameters set by the teacher.

 

Materials:     A networked keyboard lab with computers and headphones.

                 

Procedure:           

1.    Teacher asks students to locate the Tone, Advanced Tone, and Rhythm buttons on the CTK-671.

2.    Teacher reviews the process of selecting tones, advanced tones and rhythms with the students.

3.    With the GEC3 in Lecture Mode, teacher selects a tone and asks the students to select the same tone.  Teacher plays the tone for the class and then brings students one at a time into the Lecture to monitor whether or not they have successfully selected the correct tone.

4.    Teacher repeats same process for advanced tones and rhythms.

5.    Teacher then reviews the process of navigating through the various tones and rhythms (by pressing + or -). 

6.    Teacher asks students to explore the tones (not the advanced tones yet) on the CTK-671 to find their favorite sound.

7.    Teacher puts the GEC3 into Practice Mode and gives the students ample time to explore the tones.  Teacher monitors student progress.

8.    After sufficient time, teacher asks students to share favorite tones by bringing them into Lecture Mode on the GEC3.  Students will explain their reasons for selecting the tones they chose. 

9.    Teacher will select certain student-selected tones to have the entire class try on their CTK-671 keyboards. Other students in the class give their reaction to the chosen tone.

10. After each student has been given an opportunity to share their favorite tone, the teacher will then ask the students to explore the Advanced Tones.  This time however, the teacher will write the word FREEDOM (or any other word that the teacher chooses) on the blackboard and ask the students to select an advanced tone that reflects the word. 

11. Teacher sets the GEC3 to Practice Mode and gives the students ample time to explore the advanced tones.  Teacher monitors student progress.

12. After sufficient time, teacher asks students to share their selected advanced tone that reflects the word FREEDOM by bringing them into Lecture Mode on the GEC3.  Students will explain their reasons for selecting the advanced tones they chose and how it reflects the word.

13. Students evaluate and discuss each advanced tone, and how successfully it portrayed the word FREEDOM.

14. Teacher then has the students explore the different Rhythms on the CTK-671 by reviewing how to select a rhythm, and how to start and stop them.

15. Teacher then instructs the students to choose from the following emotions (Happy, Sad, Angry, Afraid) and then find a rhythm that reflects that emotion.

16. Teacher switches the GEC3 to Practice Mode and monitors student progress.

17. After sufficient time teacher asks students to share their chosen rhythms. 

18. Teacher switches the GEC3 back to Lecture Mode so that all of the students can hear each rhythm.  Students guess which emotion each student was trying to portray.

19. After each student has played their chosen rhythm, students will discuss the success in regard to how well the rhythm related to the chosen emotion.

 

 

Extensions:            Teacher could use other words, images or emotions for inspiration for selecting tones, advanced tones, rhythms.

 

                           Students could find accompaniment patterns that reflected the words and emotions.

 

                           Once students have selected tones, advanced tones, and rhythms, they could be asked to create a melody that reflected the inspiration as well.

 

Students could use the sequencing function of the CTK-671 to record their finished composition that could later be recorded into an audio format.