Today I talked 200 kids through the same music test. They had to write a 4 bar melody in 4/4 time, using do, re, mi and so*, then notate it in C major. Despite the nice font on the handout (avenier) I lost interest in the test after the third class. Now I have 200 to mark and then I have to listen to each kid play me their melody. Tedious times ahead.
All the tunes sound pretty much the same. No idea on what basis to judge one boring melody from another. Luckily I have 3 other assessment pieces for this reporting season. Won't be setting that task again.
* Didn't quite get to teach la, and fa and ti get intentionally left out because they create problems (and interest.)