In Orff Level II this summer the focus was on elemental forms; something I had struggled to implement in my classroom to help my students compose music and improvise. As we played around with teaching form and putting improvisations into a form it made the concept easier for me to do and I found easier ways to teach it to my students.
My personal plan is to start out simple by simply asking my students "What is the form?" This question can be extended to ask "how do you know what the form is" and more depending on the level your students are at.
Included in this anchor chart are several different elemental forms plus others that are encountered in various types of music (there may be a few more additions in the future). I have left out terms like Rondo and others to keep it simple for my students. There is also a page with a sentence stem for students to utilize when restating the question to make sure they answer in complete sentences.
The chart can be printed at larger sizes on a poster printer or on 8 1/2 x 14 paper
Elemental Forms Anchor Chart
by Emily Blinn
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