Wednesday, October 6, 2010

5th Grade Lesson 1 and 2 -- Compositional building blocks: rhythm

Last week and this week 5th graders began general music classes with the aim of having each student develop an original 16 bar composition.

To do this this the students need to develop a comfort level with the basic components of music beginning with rhythm. Last week the students learned the Keith Terry body percussion piece, "Hey, You, What." This week they began to develop a short performance piece using the rhythms of a variety for school rules for inspiration. In both cases the goal was to demonstrate the role that language plays in developing musical rhythm and how things like meter and notation can be used to keep our rhythms organized.

Next week -- melody!

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