This book is written as an aid for the creative teacher who wishes to either introduce or expand composition in the music class. Lessons are integrated with Visual Arts, making connections between the expressive and communicative skills of visual art-making and their parallels in music composition. The assignments range from the simplest of tasks to more advanced work, including triads, multi-part writing and twentieth-century techniques.
Each chapter contains extended lesson ideas that provide background, an explorative set to inspire and inform the young composer, procedures, a how-to guide, and directions for composing. This book does not serve the purpose of a composition manual or theory method book; rather, it offers ideas for exploration and creation.
Teachers should engage students through an anticipatory explorative set at the start of composition activities, with suitable auditory, visual, kinesthetic activities. Listening suggestions include well-known works easily accessible in the media.
Certain pages are marked ‘Photocopiable Page’ for the convenience of the teacher.
Each lesson may be presented over multiple lessons and expanded or adapted to suit the particular class.
Each lesson is linked to the “self,” allowing teens the opportunity to express themselves, share facets of their lives, and communicate through the arts.
In many cases, opportunities to create multimedia and multi-arts works have been included.
The lessons are aimed at students of ages 12+and older, and can be used by music teachers, visual arts teachers or those seeking to teach the arts in an integrated manner.
Many lessons can be adapted for use with younger students.