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Composing

 

  Using patterns

Games

Using stories and poetry

The Brementown musicians

I'm Skeleton

Sun song

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Using stories and poetry to create music

Children love to represent stories in 'sound'. Select stories/poetry which contain images that are easily represented in sound with percussion instruments, tuned percussion, and any other available items that create the sound the children are looking for.

Children can also be given a detailed picture to represent as a sound picture using sounds.

Here are some ideas to start off with......

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The Brementown musicians

  • The first time you open 'The Brementown musicians' the sound files will be slow, but bear with it, as this delay only happens when the file is opened initially.
  • Use the interactive story book to teach the story to the children, or alternatively, read the story to them.

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  • Now get the children to re-tell the story, using only sounds to represent each animal, no words!
  • Initially the sounds can be vocal sounds, but then challenge the children to seek percussion instruments to represent each animal.
  • This activity can be taken to a higher level of composition by asking the children to use a tuned instrument to compose a little motif /tune or 'sound byte' to represent the animals, bearing in mind that the tunes are built up in layers as the story develops. The composed pieces could be played each time the animals move on in the story. Children will need to record their tunes with a recorder,  picture notation, or on a stave. (otherwise they will forget what they are playing) It may be helpful to limit the duration of each tune to 4 or 8 beats/counts, so that they will all fit together

 

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Hallowe'en Poem

I'm Skeleton

 

This is a nice poem, which can be recited with sound effects to enhance the images.

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Sun Song

This lovely poem could be used with younger children, and tuned percussion could be used to represent each image mentioned (ranitas are small frogs)

 

lesson to create sound pictures

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Using patterns

Count to 8 in a steady pulse/beat and repeat several times

Give children available instruments

Each child chooses a number from 1-8  

They play their instrument on the chosen beat number

Record on a table what was played on each number counted

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

maracas

drum

 

 

 

 

 

 

triangle

woodblock

etc.......

 

 

 

 

 

D chime bar

C chime bar

 

 

 

 

 

 

list instruments played at each beat

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Games

Rhythm grid

select sounds and insert them on a grid with 4 rows with 4 beats in each row

composer      beat machine

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Beat Machine

mix and match sounds in different layers

composer    rhythm grid

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Composer

beat machine      rhythm grid

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Useful resource books

for composition

'Three singing pigs'

'The rapping rats'

avaliable from www.acblack.com

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