This week in music fifth graders discussed adding additional voices to our compositions in the C pentatonic. Specifically, we talked about adding a percussion part and a high ostinato. An ostinato is a repeating pattern that in this case is two measures long.
We will be working on our compositions in class next week (on Thursday not Tuesday), but students should get started transferring over the work they've already done. A few thingds to remember.
For melody -- should rise and fall and end on C. Only use notes from the pentatonic (pictured above).
For rhythm -- in the melody use half notes and quarter notes. No more than 4 beats per measure!
For bourdun -- pick one measure and repeat it eight times. Should only be C and G.
For percussion part -- decide which beats you want to accent. Use quarter notes on those beats and rests on the others.
For high ostinati -- use a two measure pattern. Only notes from the pentatonic. Try to use some eighth notes and rests
You can leave me questions on this blog if you need more help and I'll post my answers. See you Thursday!