Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Fifth Grade Week 4 -- Constructing Melody

Today in 5th grade music we continued our discussion about how melodies are constructed.  We talked about three characteristics of conventional melody -- that they are made up of repeating rhythm and pitch patterns, that they have contour (rising and falling), and that they resolve to the home note.  Each class had an opportunity to create a melody -- something they will be doing individually in a couple of weeks.  They were also given a worksheet in which they are asked to guess the missing measure of music from 8 well known songs.  The goal is not that they be able to figure out what the songs are (although I am curious to see if they are able to do that) but to deduce which measure goes with what songs based on the conventions of melodic construction.

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