Fun, engaging instrument building projects have so many benefits and tie right in with STEAM and Arts-Integrated school curriculums. Building an instrument taps into acoustics, science, crafts, art, math, music knowledge, music composition and so much more. Check out this blog for easy projects
Explore composing with a drone bass
Check out the many creative music composition lesson plans now listed at TES
Fun online composing tool for the younger kids! Check it out at https://www.classicsforkids.com/games/compose_your_own_music.php
Fun composing on the online Song Maker! Try it out!
Song Maker https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Song-Maker/
Our top seller this past school year has been "Music Composition for Teens - a Graded First Course" Available on amazon. Get yours now for the new school year. Enjoy!
Introduce the topic: “We are going to compose cellphone ringtones”.
Listen to some well-known ringtones (select a few from your cellphone). Below I selected a few from my iPhone. Listen and discuss, e.g.:
Play the ringtone, have students identify the instrument, pattern, rhythm, melody and/or any other descriptors:
Ascending: ascending major scale on xylophone
Bell Tower: classic bell/chime melody
Marimba: short, catchy pattern on marimba
Piano riff: five melody notes on piano
Timba: drumming pattern, no melody
Xylophone: short melody, catchy rhythm on xylophone