Theme and Variations: Composing and Arranging

Theme & Variations – composing/arranging

charlotte browne
cbrowne@thayer.org
Thayer Academy – Braintree MA

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

CAI

Level:

Middle School

Class:

General Music

Equipment:

Computer lab, Making More Music software, LCD projector(optional)

Duration:

120 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

Basic familiarity with the software, familiar with the terms THEME, VARIATION, MODIFICATION, CADENCE, INVERSION, DYNAMICS, TEMPO, PITCH; Familiar with the concept of FORM in music. Familiar with music sections described as A B C. Familiar with tempo and Dynamic markings and their meaning.

MENC Standards Addressed:

MENC 6: Listening to, analyzing and describing music.
MENC 7: Evaluating music and music performances.

Materials:

computer lab; Making More Music Instructional Software

Objectives:

students will understand how music has FORM by re-arranging the musical Theme (Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star) into their own creative form with variations in pitch, tempo, dynamics and instrumentation.

Procedures:

Objectives: to understand how to music has FORM by re-arranging the musical Theme (Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star) into their own creative form with variations in pitch, tempo, dynamics and instrumentation.
Procedures: Students will go to the “Theme & Variation” section of the software. Listen to “About Theme & Variations” for a general overview.
Listen to all 4 examples of “Twinkle, Twinkle” and choose one to work with. Using the “pencil”, go to the composing section and listen to the Help section indicated by a “?”
Students will begin creating their own variations by changing these aspects of the original Theme: Pitch (by changing individual notes or using the inversion of phrases), Dynamics, and Tempo.
After each section has been varied, save and return to arranging page.
Arrange sections into an order indicated by A, B or C.
Complete their variation of the composition by listening to and choosing an instrument: Piano, Harpsichord, or Celeste.

Evaluation:

Students will participate in a “Hear & Tell” activity: each student will share their original Twinkle Theme & Variation with their classmates. If possible, use an LCD projector to view the compositions.

Follow Up:

Find Theme & Variation examples in different styles of music. Listen to other examples of music played by the 3 keyboard instruments. Find other examples of “Twinkle” variations (i.e; Saint-Saens “Carnival of the Animals – Fossils”)

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