Melody and Chord Progression Music Composition Project

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Organized Chaos Music
Grade Levels
5th - 9th
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32 pages
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This is a perfect project for upper elementary and middle school students to demonstrate their understanding of chords, practice composing and notating, and work towards and final performance. Please see the preview to see some examples of the visuals, worksheets, and rubrics included.

This project will take students through the process of writing a chord progression, notating it, composing a melody to fit the chords, assigning parts, practicing it, determining and rehearsing a message to communicate through the composition, and performing it. The project can be adapted to incorporate ukulele's, keyboard instruments, boomwhackers, xylophones, or even free online software (link included in teaching notes) to fit your classroom needs.

The worksheets and rubric are in word document form so that you can edit everything to fit the needs of your specific students, setting, and curricular goals. The slides are in powerpoint so you can edit them to fit your needs as well.

Included in this download:

2-page editable composition worksheet

editable worksheet for practicing chords on keyboard instrument

editable worksheet for practicing chords on ukulele

Rubric for assessing the composition and performance process

Powerpoint slides to use as visuals for teaching chord structure and function

Teaching tips (including skill preparation, extension and modification suggestions, teaching ideas, and aspects and options to consider before teaching)

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Total Pages
32 pages
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Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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