Directed Reading-Thinking Actvity (DRTA)

The DRTA is a strategy that focuses on making predictions. Students use knowledge they have to look at a text or musical example to predict what will happen. 


1. Choose segment of music. 

2. Ask students to identify what they already know about the music.

3. Present new material, and have students preview music looking for elements they can already understand. 

4. Ask students where they may need assistance for something they don’t know. 

5. Students can work in pairs and then contribute to follow-up discussion.

6. Students perform section and then listen to actual example.  Were they on track? Did they make the correct predictions about the music?