Beginning Band 5-Note Melody Composition

Create a four measure melody using the first five notes the have learned.

Balinese Baris Dance: Compose your own Gamelan!

Students will be able to perform, from memory, parts of the Balinese Baris Dance, discerning the differences in instruments from another foreign culture. Students will then be able to input notation on Noteflight Learn, save, and share their work. Lastly, students will compose their own 2-measure Gamelan piece inspired by the Baris Dance.

Graduation Song – Melodic Composition

Collaborate to dictate melodic ideas for a chosen line from student-created lyrics.

Danielle Larrick
Middle School
Choir
CompositionTheory
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Blue Scale Melody Composition

The object of this lesson is to help students with an introduction to the Blues and the Blues Scale. While they might not be ready to improvise right away, they can start to try to compose using a basic scale. Students are given a C Blues scale and a blank 12 bar blues with accompaniment. They are to compose a melody over those 12 bars.

Rhythm Round Up

Students will practice and improve reading different types of notes.
Whole Notes, whole rests
half notes, half rests,
quarter notes, quarter rests and
eighth notes and eighth rests.
This worksheet can be used with large or small groups. Perfect for a warm up or for reinforcing difficult rhythms and counting.

Note Name Practice, Beginning Strings

Beginning Strings students will work on writing note names under each note and figuring out the names of some familiar folk songs.
Students begin by filling in note names, students can work alone or in small groups.
Once finished with note names, students can practice playing the songs to see if they recognize the songs.
This lesson is perfect right after students have learned the notes in their D Major scale.

This lesson reinforces the notes on the D and A string (G string for basses) and teaches students some beginner folk songs.

Answers to Worksheet
1. Mary Had a Little Lamb or Rolling Along
2. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
3. Hot Cross Buns
4. Jingle Bells
5. Old MacDonald

String Bowing Workout

A warm up for intermediate string ensembles wishing to work on their bowing styles.
This lesson allows all instruments to practice slurs, staccato, etc, while focusing on the D Major scale.

This lesson is perfect for intermediate strings who wish to work on bowing styles as an ensemble.
Students can work on intonation and uniformity playing as an ensemble.
Can be used in large music classroom or small group instruction.
Can be played together or individually.
Can also be used in small group or one on one lessons.

Evil Songs, F Natural Practice

This lesson was designed to help beginning string players practice F natural fingering on their D string.
This exercise uses familiar songs and makes them minor or “evil” by having students change one finger.
This exercise can be played as a large group or as a solo. When practiced as a group students will enjoy the fun names and will be able to tell the difference between traditional versions of these songs and the evil versions of these songs.
Can be used as a daily warm up or exercise for string ensembles to practice alternate fingerings. Great for Halloween time also.

Quarter Note and Rest Rhythm Practice

Students will improve their counting of quarter note rests and quarter note rhythms.

Students will sight read quarter note rhythms and rests as groups or as individuals to help develop better counting and sight reading skills.

Lesson can be used as a warm-up for any class, students can clap, count, or perform the rhythms on open strings, concert Bflat or percussion instruments one line at a time.
Students can be challenged to perform lines as solos or small groups for prizes.

For extra fun have students play along to a youtube beat (search “rock beat 110 bp) and select one for your ensemble to play along with. This works especially well with beginning band and string players and keeps them playing as a group when they maybe cannot read music notation yet.

The Blues Form and Harmony Exercise 4

Students will gain an understanding of the blues form and its variants through harmonic analysis, written work, and performance. Using Noteflight, student musicians will also create their own blues forms for use with their own musical groups.