Composing with notes Middle C, D, E, F and G
George Ross Elementary
TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:
Electronic Musical Instruments
Prior Knowledge and Skills:
Ability to read and perform basic rhythm patterns. Ability to read and play notes Middle C, D, E F and G on a keyboard.
MENC Standards Addressed:
MENC 2: Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
MENC 4: Composing and Arranging Music within specified guidelines.
MENC 5: Reading and notating music.
MENC 6: Listening to, analyzing and describing music.
MENC 7: Evaluating music and music performances.
Teacher generated worksheet with basic rhythm patterns that the students can pick from, 8 empty measures (no staff) and 8 empty measures with a staff.
Students will read and play a familiar song on the keyboard.
Students will read and chant familiar rhythm patterns in duple meter.
Students will compose a 8 bar melody using notes Middle C, D, E, F and G and familiar rhythm patterns.
Students will notate their compositions.
Students will perform their compositions on a keyboard instrument.
Students will evaluate other students’ compositions.
- Warm up (5 min) Play a familiar song on the keyboard, reading notes Middle C, D, E, F and G.
- Review (5 min) Reading and performing basic rhythm patterns on the worksheet.
- Composing (5 min)
- Have students choose rhythms for each measure and write them in the blank measures on the worksheet.
- Have students play their rhythms on their keyboards using Middle C, D and E.
- Have the students write the letter names that they choose under the rhythm line that they wrote earlier.
- Notation (10 min)
- Write the note heads to the staff on the correct lines and spaces in each measure on the worksheet.
- Add the stems to indicate the rhythm patterns that you choose.
- Add time signature, finger numbers and a title.
- Performing (5 min)
- Practice playing your song.
- Play your song for your neighbor.
- Listen to your neighbors composition
- Give your neighbor a compliment and comment on where they could improve.
Students will play their compositions for classmates.
Use notation software to publish compositions. Add articulations and expressions.