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DME SOLFEGE ASSIGNMENT

Each student will teach a song in class using only Curwen hand signs (both hands) and solfege.

 

Solfege syllables

 

Hand signs chart (printable version)

 

Animated hand signs to follow

 

Chromatic solfege

 

 

Grading Criteria

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lesson procedure - organization and flow

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clarity and fluidity of hand signs during lesson

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proper repetition and correction

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Solfege Rubric

 Element

 

Criteria

 

Assessment

Possible

Points

 Score

Lesson flow

good instructions

leadership

closure

30 

Hand signs

fluid and confident

use of vertical space

30 

Rhythm

accuracy

ability to convey with signals

steady tempo

20 

Pitch

appropriate tessitura

pitch maintained

20  

 

Total:

  
 

 

Procedure

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Choose a song that is well known.  Refer to the song list link for ideas if needed.  No one will be allowed to repeat a song already done, so have an alternate in case someone uses your song before you.  The song will be taught to the other members of the class using hand signs and solfege only.  Do not reveal the name of the song.  No accompanying instruments will be allowed. 

Note:  for this assignment Curwen hand signs will be demonstrated with both hands!

 

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The "children" will sing the song using solfege syllables as they learn the song.

 

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Students will not need song sheets or to look at music in the songbooks as they will be learning the song based on the hand signs alone.  They will be "reading the music from your hands."

 

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Rhythmic values will be derived from the speed and pauses of your hand signs.

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The "children" will be asked at the end of the session to identify the song.

 

Hints

 

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Use enough vertical space to indicate appropriate change in pitch

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"Pump" to indicate repeated notes

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Try to be as accurate with note lengths as possible

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Go slowly enough to be rhythmically accurate

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The "children" will be asked at the end of the session to identify the song, so one of your goals is to make it as recognizable as possible.

 

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