Compositional Devices Teacher Resources
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A Musical Composition Experience
Upper graders having skills in music performance will extend their abilities through creative musical composition. They'll use Finale 2000 to explore facets of music composition, they'll then compose a piece for their instrument in C, F, or G major or relative minor keys. This lesson is intended for proficient musicians, not beginners.
Storytellers: The Dixie Chicks
Students compare/contrast compositional devises. They describe events occurring within a musical example. Students explain the roles of creators, performers, and others involved in music productions and presentations.
High School Lesson Plan
Students compose and arrange music within specific guidelines. They # identify and explain compositional devices and techniques used in a musical work. They compare and contrast the use of those techniques between different compositions.
Tuning the World One Note at a Time
Middle schoolers investigate music around the world and work with a photographer to understand elements of photography. In this photography lesson, students visit a dance hall and interview the dancers. Middle schoolers gather ideas and create a video about music and dance around the world. Students will create the music for their video.
Jazz in America Lesson Plan 5
Students survey Bebop and identify the basic terms associated with jazz.They experience the music of Charlie Parker and Billie Holiday and participate in a class discussion regarding jazz's contribution to and reflection of American culture in the 1940s and early '50s.
Patterns in Musical Composition: Intermediate - Level Young Composers Concert
Seventh graders work in groups and choose a song from a packet. They discuss ways they could alter the melody to create a variation. Groups experiment with their melodies and notate onto staff paper. Students practice performing their variations, and put on a concert.
ABBA - Lesson 2
Students identify and notate the musical device known as a "hook". They notate and perform rhythmic and melodic patterns in the ABBA song "Mamma Mia".
Jazz in America
Students learn vocabulary associated with the Swing Era. They also listen to music from the time period.
Stylistic Aspects of Spiritual Singing
Students sight-read a piece of music and analyze two unfamiliar pieces of music. They discuss performance aspects of a piece of music.
Making Progress: From Chords to Melody
Students review chord progression while listening to tracks of music. They write melodies to fit a given chord progression. They sing their melodies and analyze how it compares to the original melody.
Jazz in America Lesson Plan 8
Students explore the present and juture of jazz. They identify terms associated with jazz and listen to contemporary recordings. They participate in a class discussion regarding jazz's contribution to and reflection of American culture in the 1990s and 2000s.
Jazz in America Lesson Plan 7
The student will explore free jazz, fusion, and contemporary jazz. They will listen to avant garde, fusion, and pop recordings. In addition, they participate in a class discussion regarding jazz's contribution to and reflection of American culture in the 1960s, '70s, and '80s.
Jazz in America Lesson Plan 2
Students explore jazz's primary elements. They identify the basic definitions of terms associated with jazz. In addition, they listen to Song for My Father.
Students examine jazz's roots and their hybridization in New Orleans in the early 20th century. They listen to ragtime and jazz recordings, then complete worksheets imbedded in this plan.
Students explore the conventions of portraiture and the technique of photo-montage. In this art analysis lesson, students define portraiture and analyze the pictured pieces of art. Students make a photo-montage portrait or caricature as well as a self-portrait.
Students analyze portraiture for their symbolic aspects. In this portraiture analysis lesson, students explore the conventions of portraiture such as costume, gesture, expression, pose, and background. Students analyze how symbols add meaning in portraits and plan a portrait for someone they know. Students create the portrait and complete a self portrait.
The World is our Stage: Real Life Inspires Dance Making and Performance
Tenth graders examine various dances focused on issues faced by society. While viewing, they identify and analyze the movements and how they relate to the sociocultural issues. To complete the lesson, they develop their own dance with costumes describing their own feelings about one issue.
Chance (Probability) Operations in Dance Composition -
Eighth graders investigate modern-dance choreographer Merce Cunningham's historically significant contribution to dance-making history. Specifically, 8th graders explore and practice Merce Cunningham's choreographic use of chance operations (probability), through kinesthetic and movement exploration.