-introduction to motif, sequence, or melody patterns based on chords (ostinato)
-note named chords and melody samples
-introduction to passing notes
-introduction to chord building - triads - treble and bass clef
-major and minor chords within 4 bar chord progressions
Each sample consist of its chords in treble and bass clef, one line the chord broken into its notes, and two further bars of melody ideas (motifs, sequences, patterns, ostinato).
Students can pick a bar from the total of 3 different melody ideas and write them in the staff on the top. They can mix or modify the samples based on your target, e.g., passing notes.
I’ve given sample melodies for the first example. You could simply take four different bars from the three samples, or even beats ‘one and two’ from one melody idea with beats ‘three and four’ of another melody idea. The only harmony rule is that the musical ideas must remain with the same chord it was taken from. This provides an opportunity to discuss melody shape, flow, and awkward jumps of notes that may affect their melody.
Students could perform their choice of melody into GarageBand for iOS with the main melody on one track, a chord accompaniment on a second track (Smart Strings, for example), and a drum pattern on a third track.
If the students perform their complete melody with a chord and a melody instrument, they could try Apple’s new app (free), Music Memos, which will ‘listen’ to their song and produce their song with chord names and simple drums. An online app, Chordify identify the chords. Some students may want to use this to identify popular music chord progressions for them to use in their composition.