Noteflight in K-12 Classrooms: A Sample Assignment (1)

Noteflight is being used widely in K-12 classrooms. Kids naturally gravitate to it, and Noteflight’s accessibility makes it easier to experience notation and theory training that might otherwise keep kids away from composing until they’re older. In other creative disciplines, children tend to start much earlier with experimental activities like painting, drawing, and dancing, which allow immediate access and experimentation. As teacher Matt McLean says, Noteflight provides that “sandbox” for a kid to jump right in and start writing down their own compositions.

Noteflight’s Activity Template feature makes it easy for a teacher to create, share, and review a musical assignment. When the Activity Template option is selected in Noteflight’s Sharing tab, a student who opens the score instantly gains access to a unique copy to play with and edit freely, without altering the template itself. The teacher can then receive each student’s copy, review and add comments and suggestions.

Read more about our Activity Template feature.

Here is a sample assignment, geared toward grades 2-6. It invites students to add their own ending to a well-known song. By asking students to identify the missing final note of the phrase, it introduces the concept of the Tonic. By asking them to fill in their own note in place of the expected one, the exercise encourages students to be creative within a defined framework.

Feel free to copy this score template to your Noteflight site or account: just click the white box to view it in a full window, then in the File menu choose “Save a copy” and customize the exercise as you see fit. Open the Sharing tab to make it an Activity Template, and send the URL / web link to your students!