Lesson Plan for SoundTree

October 2005


Echo Me! – A Melodic Dictation and Tonal Memory Game

This lesson reinforces five-finger hand positions (left and right) on the keyboard, as well as melodic dictation and tonal memory skills.


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.



1.    The students will demonstrate their understanding of five-finger hand positions (C, G, D, etc.) by playing short melodic phrases using only those notes in the given position.

2.    The students will demonstrate their melodic dictation and tonal memory skills by accurately recalling short melodic phrases played by the teacher using only the notes in the given hand position.

3.    Students will create their own short melodic five-finger phrases for other students to recall.


Materials:               A networked keyboard lab with headphones.

                           Echo Me! Student Handout

                           Echo Me! Teacher Examples



1.    Teacher will distribute Echo Me! Student Handout as the students enter the classroom.

2.    With the GEC3 in Lecture Mode, teacher selects an Acoustic Piano (GM 001) tone and asks the students to do the same. 

3.    Using the Echo Me! Student Handout, the teacher explains the concept of 5-finger positions on the keyboard (C, G, D, etc.).  Many of the available piano method books use positions and have illustrations of these positions. 

4.    Teacher asks students to place their hands in C Position – walks around classroom to check to that they are all correct.

5.    Teacher sets the GEC3 to Practice Mode and asks students to play the C Position example from the Echo Me! Student Handout.  Remind students that they should utilize the given fingerings to ensure that they are playing in the correct hand position.

6.    Students are given sufficient time to practice.

7.    Teacher then sets the GEC3 to Lecture Mode and asks individual students to play the C Position example from the handout.

8.    Teacher then puts the GEC3 into Practice Mode and asks the students to practice the G Position and D Position exercises. 

9.    Teacher uses the GEC3 to eavesdrop on students to make sure that they are on task, and to assess their progress.

10. After sufficient time, the teacher will set the GEC3 to Lecture Mode and then play Example 1 from the Echo Me! Teacher Examples.   Teacher will inform the students that the example is in C Position and that they need to use their ears and knowledge of the position to play back the example. 

11. Teacher will ask a student to volunteer to play back the example using only their tonal memory. 

12. Teacher will then perform other examples in C Position and ask for students to play them for the entire class. 

13. Teacher will play as many examples as deemed necessary, from either one or all of the positions listed.  You might find that you will only have enough time to cover one position per class period.

14. After students have played through each of the examples in each position, the teacher will give the students the opportunity to make up their own examples for other students to play.

15. Teacher sets the GEC3 to Practice Mode and allow sufficient time for the students to compose their own 4 measure examples.

16. Teacher then sets the GEC3 to Lecture Mode and invites students to perform their examples, and other students to play them back.



Extensions:            Students could write the examples played by the teacher down on staff paper rather than playing them back.


                           Students could use the examples that they write as the basis for a new composition.


                           Students could create melodic examples that utilize notes that are not in one of the given positions.