Marvelous energy at the lectures, workshops and sessions at the October 6th and 7th Conference at Utah State University, Logan. Lovely to meet friends old and new, share stories, visit, learn, share. Thank you all!
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Templates offer a quick and easy, step by step foot in the door to composition.
Why I like this idea:
Easy, beginner level:
or slightly more advanced:
Explore music that uses a drone bass with students.
Instruments that produce a drone:
Also listen to Bach’s Musette in D major. What do you notice?
Compose a new middle section to this opening. Continue the drone bass idea.
Onomatopoeia are words that mimic the sound it makes, e.g., bang, splash, swish, oink, quack, etc.
Explore words that mimic sounds with the students. Speak the words and play with effects:
Explore onomatopoeia related to specific topics: Rain, Storm, Nature, Traffic, Farms, etc.
Have students design a graphic composition using onomatopoeia words and letters directly onto a score.
Graphic composition below by Julia Paranay.
For those who have enjoyed the Snap, Tap, Clap compositions so far, I've uploaded several new compositions including many for beginner/elementary level. Please check them out at www.sheetmusicplus.com
As I worked on the monthly lesson plan this morning, I browsed through some student compositions and enjoyed the easy, uncomplicated melodies, rhythms, patterns that very young kids managed to compose when given an idea such as "stepwise" , "chords" , "repeated notes", "harmony", a catchy "rhythm", and so on.
Compose triad based melodies using chord cards: Provide students with cards (one of each, or some tones doubled), e.g. C E G (C major tonic) and G B D (C major dominant). Have them arrange the cards in a pattern, play, explore, and write down. Provide guidelines, e.g. CEG for measures 1 and 2, GBD for measure 3, and CEG again for measure 4 and voila!, an easy entry into a melodic phrase that makes harmonic sense.
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Great session on "Music Composition in the 21st Century Classroom" yesterday in Columbia, SC. Great group of teachers: enthusiastic, responsive, particpated - what great work you must do in your classes. Thank you for all the kind emails!