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Self-directed Study Sheet 18

Context: Myles has moderate learning difficulties. However, he has absolute pitch and loves music. He is playing his cello with other young players at school.

  1. Observation: Think about what you see and hear in the video.
  2. Interpretation: What can you reasonably infer about the person's musical engagement?
  3. Assessment: Suggest a Sounds of Intent Level and Domain.

Myles can maintain a line on the cello while other players play the same melody at different times in the form of a round. This shows that he has the musical understanding, memory and technique to reproduce melodies on the cello, and can adjust his timing and tuning to fit with others playing the same part at different times, indicating musical engagement at Level 5, Interactive (I.5): ‘performs and/or improvises short and simple pieces of music with other people, which may increase in complexity over time’.