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Use this short composing exercise as a substitute plan, or as a first entry point into composing short melodies.
This short composition project invites students to use the letter names of pitches to create a melody using strict guidelines extrapolated from after Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" melody from his Ninth Symphony.
This resource can be used as a stand-alone, one time activity; it is also PART ONE one of a larger project which will end in notating the compositions and publishing them.
I have used this many times as a substitute plan (or as part of a longer sub plan).
This project works on the high school level, and I recently used it with fifth-graders.
There will be a longer version more appropriate for high schoolers coming SOON!