Music Theory – Melodic Minor Scales

Here is the link to my Melodic Minor Scales presentation.

Here is the link to the information sheet.

Here is the link to the worksheet.

Here is the link to the answer sheet.

Evaluation:

Recently in Music class, we did a ‘lesson-style’ presentation, complete with information sheets and worksheets to educate our fellow classmates on a certain theory topic.

My group included Sammi and Yvette, and our topic was Melodic Minor Scales.

Personally, I believe that our presentation was clear and to the point. There wasn’t too much text on the slides, and the information on each slide was very concise. All information was relevant to the topic and helped to give the audience a better understanding of melodic minor scales as a whole. Images were put onto the slides to make them more interesting and visually appealing, and a blue header was on every slide to add colour instead of having a plain white presentation. We tried to make sure not to put too much text onto each slide so that it wasn’t a massive paragraph that the audience would read. Short bullet points on the slides allowed the audience to get a brief understanding of what information was to come and gave us the opportunity to elaborate on each point. Furthermore, we showed two examples and presented them on the screen, as well as drawing them out and playing them on the piano. This helped the audience to be able to see the scales being made, and to hear them too. As for the speaking part, I feel that we did not practice enough, as there were slip-ups and moments of hesitation and confusion during the presentation. I should have made more eye contact with the audience and shouldn’t have had so much ‘nervous laughter’ whenever something didn’t go to plan. Another thing that could be improved in terms of the actual presenting is to have clearer directions, and make sure that everyone knows what I mean.

On the other hand, the information sheet, in my opinion, was pretty good as well. It was a short recap of what was on the presentation, and included examples and pictures of a melodic minor scale, both ascending and descending. One part of the information sheet that was not necessary was the last part, which talked about how melodic minor scales are used now (i.e. examinations). This had nothing to do with the presentation or what we were meant to talk about. Besides that, another thing we could have changed was the spacing. We were reminded to reduce the space that surrounded the text, and I had that in mind while doing it, but I did not know how to do it and it slipped out of my head.

Finally, the worksheet had a variety of questions regarding melodic minor scales, some which could be answered by paying attention to the presentation, and others which could be answered by using your general/newfound knowledge of melodic minor scales. A problem that I found with this was that the questions might have been too general and not specific enough on melodic scales. Questions that were too general included the ones that asked about the other types of minor scales and relative minors. There should have been more questions that required the students to add accidentals and key signatures or to write out a melodic minor scale. I would have made more of those type of questions, but I could not find good images for the worksheet and answer sheet, so I was unable to do so. I think that the overall quality of the questions were good, but they could have been more focused on melodic minors. Again, the spacing was a problem that could be fixed as well.

The other group’s worksheet that I completed can be found here. There should be one more worksheet, but I missed a class due to an exam outside of school and I have no access to the document online. But for the worksheet that I did, I think that I did pretty well, as I paid attention and listened to the group’s presentation and was able to answer every question correctly. This could have to do with not only listening intently, but also prior knowledge which was learned from previous theory lessons outside of school.