If you have come across this topic note that it relates to the Melody Module on the Music Works 1 collection here. Check it out for more info!
I've spent more time than usual this year focusing on the three kinds of repetition that students can use after they have created their main melody. Exact Repetition, Variation, Sequence
Students have seemed to really respond to Variation this year. One way I've been helping them to create a variation is to use the Noteflight Repeat Tool. I'll have them simply repeat their main melody by highlighting it and then pressing 'r.' (or on the iPad by tapping Repeat in the Edit menu) They can then make some kind of change to it - a different ending note, a shift in melodic shape somewhere, or a different start.
After kids try to do it in their pieces I've found that I'm able to quickly demonstrate these techniques aurally and have students tell me what they are hearing.
I mainly use two methods of doing this. As students are entering class (or sometimes at the end of class) I'll go to the piano and play one of the kinds of repetitions. Students then tell me what they are hearing.
I'll also do this using the PlayPad app on the iPad projected on the overhead screen. This method is great because I can then hand off the iPad to a student and then ask them to demonstrate one of the repetition techniques.
@brynrice and @ted_stafford You guys look like you are about at this step with your students. Let us know if you've found any other ways to do this that are helpful.