Tuesday, March 20, 2012
4th Grade Week 9 -- Adding Melody to our Songs
This week in a somewhat shortened class we began to construct melodies to fit our our existing lyrics and rhythm patterns. To do this we are revisiting the idea of melodic contour -- this idea that melody is like a line that rises and falls. As we saw in class, successful melodies tend to have subtle contour without large jumps and repetition is a good thing.
I can not, unfortunately, allow students to take home a xylophone to work on the melody but here's link to an online xylophone.
You can also use a piano at home, if you have one, or the online piano on the left under links, if you don't. White keys only and don't go any higher that an E.