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 English Language Arts making connections between language and communication skills and how this finds a parallel 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, ideas for exploration and creation.
Teachers should engage students through an anticipatory explorative set at the start of composition activities with suitable listening, visual, kinesthetic and explorative activities. Exploration engages the imagination and inspires critical thinking, speculation and the creative process. Suggestions have been included where applicable. 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 the opportunity to 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 could be used by music teachers, language arts teachers or those seeking to teach language and the arts in an integrated manner.
Many lessons could be adapted for use with younger students.
As most of the 50 states in the United States of America have adopted the Common Core as their educational standards, it seemed important in the development of this book to include connections, in this case particularly to English Language Arts and the application of the Cognitive Strategies required for integrated Music and English Language Arts lessons:
Analyze how and why artists, artistic styles and ideas develop and interact.
Create, integrate, and evaluate content presented in diverse artistic genres and media, including visually, aurally and kinesthetically, as well as in words.
Comprehend complex meaning and conceptual principles in visual, aural and kinesthetic artistic products, including those based on written texts.
Develop and strengthen creativity by planning, revising, editing, revising, or trying a new approach.
The English Language Arts concepts and skill sets tapped into in this book include:
story telling, poetry, narratives, imagery and symbolism, figures of speech e.g. metaphor, similes, alliterations, hyperbole, anadiplosis, aposiopesis, parts of speech, sentence structure, key words, quotations, punctuation, reading and exploring fiction and non-fiction texts, and the connection all of the above has to music.
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