Tuesday, February 8, 2011

4th Grade Week 5 -- Melodic Contour

Today in 4th grade music we began to student the way melodies are constructed, by focusing on melodic contour -- contour in melody refers to the rising and falling of a pitch sequence, but as we discussed in class, contour can also refer to lines we see in the world around us. The kids had a lot of fun learning a song that emphasized contour -- "Wibbleton to Wobbleton" and got to experiment with how contour lines can overlay the musical staff -- a prelude to creating their own melodies.

Homework: Develop a four bar line of contour and use it as the basis for a drawing

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