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Peer Review with a Flip

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Keywords: Guitar Performance, Peer Review & Reflection, Video, MUSIC
Subject(s): Technology, Music
Grades 4 through 8
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: Seward Montessori School, Minneapolis, MN
Planned By: Barbara Rice
Original Author: Barbara Rice, Minneapolis
Objective: Students compare video performances of known music to criteria on a class-created rubric for good guitar performance.

1. Teacher and students as a class create a set of criteria that define a high quality musical performance on guitar.

2. As a class, 4 most valued aspects of the performance are refined to a rubric students can use to self-assess their own performances.

3. Students perform (previously learned & rehearsed) music on guitar while a partner videotapes using a flip video camera. The camera may be directed to focus on players right (strumming) or left (fingering) hand specifically for specific feedback.

4. Students watch the videos with partners or groups of 3 or 4 (depending on the number of students in the class and number of flip-cameras available) . They discuss and evaluate each performances against the rubric. Students will write evidence from the video that supports the scoring they give themselves on the rubric. Older (grade 7-8) students may discuss how they felt while performing and compare that to what they see on the video.

5. Students individually write a reflective paragraph on their performance based on the video and write a goal for improvement or explain why the performance was superior.

6. Students review their rubric and reflective paragraph with the teacher. They discuss whether they want to share the video with the entire class for class comments.
If the student wishes to share the video with the class, it is uploaded to the class wiki site where all students can view and comment.
Students are highly motivated by video-taping themselves; they work harder to perform music more accurately so they will be pleased with the results on video. In addition video gives them the opportunity to hear themselves from the audience viewpoint rather than the performer viewpoint. Comparison of how they felt the performance went while they were the performer and viewing it as audience can be illuminating, inspiring and a cause for celebration.
Students create a practice plan for improvement of musical performance.
Materials: Flip Video
Other Items: 8 Flip Video Camera, $123.99 each, total of $991.92