This is an interactive Flash tool that allows the user to explore the form and thematic content of the Sonata. It highlights the thematic phrases with the audio and the user can select where in the form he or she would like to go.
Type of Material:
This tool might be used to introduce the Sonata Allegro Form and formal analysis in general.
Standard multimedia browser with Flash installed.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
Reveals the formal structure of the Sonata Allegro form (with aural examples).
Target Student Population:
Beginning music majors and music appreciation students who are familar with music notation.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
The abiltiy to read music.
The highlighting of the themes as the music plays is a strong feature. The interactive connections between a formal area and the music is also instructive.
There is a small error in the alignment of measures for the final closing theme. The link sends you correctly to measure 108 but lists the theme as beginning at measure 124. Also it would be good to show the functional relationship of the keys rather than just there empirical names (e.g. V as well as D major). Scan of score is a bit grainy. The hotspots (for mouse navigation) are small and a bit difficult to find.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This flash offers a clear overview of the Sonata Allegro form and invites the student to explore the form interactively. Students can make comparisons among the themes across the entire form very easily. The coordination of the audio with the score is one of its best features.
The context for how such a formal analysis of a composition would require a broader context although as it stands it is quite flexible for use in different learning activities.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Very easy to use. There are no instructions but after a short time of experimentation it becomes clear how to navigate the form.
A short explanation of how to use the tool might help when the student first begins.
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