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integrated computational thinking

Design Principle 2: Use computational concepts/tools to demonstrate art concepts/process (Activity)

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Overview

The learner will use whole and half step patterns to create a major scale. Then, the learner will compose an original melody by using the scale they created. (estimated 4 hours 30 minutes)

Learning Objectives

By the end of this activity, learners will be able to...

  • pull notes from the scale they created to compose a melody

Vocabulary

  • Pattern recognition: Finding patterns among decomposed problems that can help us solve more complex problems.
  • Scale: A scale is a succession of pitches ascending or descending in steps. There are two types of steps: half steps and whole steps. A half step (H) consists of two adjacent pitches on the keyboard. A whole step (W) consists of two half steps.
  • Melody: a rhythmical succession of single tones producing a distinct musical phrase or idea.

Materials and Resources

  • A starter musical program with unorganized notes can be found on MakeCode here

Assessment

  • Learners will demonstrate mastery of knowledge in this activity by composing an original melody using the major scale created using the whole and half step pattern.