Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Fifth Grade Week 5 -- Harmony and Modes

In this week's fifth grade music we reviewed the elements of rhythm and melody we discussed in previous weeks and began an examination of harmony and modes. This ended with the kids performing "Wise Old Owl", a really cool song in Dorian mode.

Above is a list of various modal scales, each of which has a different mood and characteristics. For homework this week, fifth graders, I'd like you to follow the link to the online keyboard. Try out these modal scales and do a little improvising (remember to end on the home note.) How do the different modes make you feel?

For the keyboard click here.

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