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Martin Hayes’ ‘Sean Ryan’s Jig’

Posted in Uncategorized on March 26, 2013 by lulusicard96

Music of a Culture
Years 9 & 10 Elective Music Students

Focus Content:
Students will focus on how techniques affect the tone colour of a piece. They will learn this through listening to the selected piece and experimenting with techniques on an unfamiliar instrument.

Context:

‘Sean Ryan’s Jig’ by Martin Hayes.

Concepts:

Tone Colour:

–       Students will explore the instrumentation used in Celtic music and the atmosphere that they create.

Techniques:

–       Students will look at how techniques and tone colour link together to form the atmosphere created in a piece.

Learning Activities

 

Listening:

Students will listen to the piece ‘Sean Ryan’s Jig’ and list all the techniques used by the main melodic instrument (Fiddle). All the techniques will be listed on the board and the teacher will provide and explain any missing techniques. The class will then discuss the importance that techniques play in tone colour.

Solo Fiddle Performance of ‘Sean Ryan’s Jig’

Performance:

The students will be asked to find an instrument that they are unfamiliar with and explore its tone colour by experimenting.

Composition:

Students will then compose a short piece on that instrument where they utilize the techniques that they been experimenting with. The Zoom H1 Handy Recorder will record this short piece and an mp3 file of their piece will be given to the student to take home.

Musicology:

Students will be asked to research Celtic musical instruments. They will present information about the instruments such as:

–       What it looks like?

–       How it’s played?

–       What it sounds like?

–       Techniques that are commonly used? 

Extra Information on Celtic Jigs and Reels

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Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major

Posted in Uncategorized on March 26, 2013 by lulusicard96

Baroque Music
Years 7 & 8 Mandatory Music Students

 Focus Content:

Students will learn about pitch and texture through listening, performing and composing to Pachelbel’s Canon. With this particular piece they shall explore the uses of the canon technique in baroque music and will also learn to distinguish the key of D Major in traditional notation.

Context:
Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major by Johann Pachelbel.

Concepts:

Pitch

–       Use of simple melodic and bass lines and the use of the canon.

Texture

–       The idea of thick and thin texture and how it is demonstrated in Pachelbel’s Canon.

Learning Activities

Listening:

The students will listen through Pachelbel’s Canon and will answer several questions on texture and pitch.

–       What instruments are being used and when do they enter the piece?

–       Does the piece begin with a thick or thin texture?

–       How many melodies can you hear?

Pachelbel’s Canon in D maj with Sheet Music

Performance:
The students will perform the bass line of Pachelbel’s Canon as a class by reading traditional notation.

Then they will form small groups/ ensembles and improvise over the bass line. After some practice time they will then perform the final product to the entire class.

How others have covered Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major

Composition:

The students will each get a chance to improvise a new melody over the canon while in their groups. They will be experimenting with pitch by using the chance method and will learn more about their chosen instruments range and pitch capabilities (Stage 4).

Musicology
Students will research other baroque composers who have used canons in their compositions and write a paragraph about how those pieces are similar and dissimilar to Pachelbel’s Canon.

ACDC ‘Highway to Hell’

Posted in Uncategorized on March 26, 2013 by lulusicard96

Popular Music
Years 9 & 10 Elective Music Students

 

 

Focus Content:
Students will focus on genre, as the teacher will show the original piece ‘Highway to Hell’ and then multiple covers performed in different genres/styles.

Context:

 

Highway to Hell composed by ACDC, Australian Composer.

Concepts:

Duration
The class will look at swung rhythms found in the jazz arrangement and learn about how rhythms can change the hole atmosphere of a piece.

Tone Colour
Students will learn how instrumentation and the way that an instrument is played can alter the sound of a piece extensively.

Learning Activities

Listening:

Students will listen to the original ACDC piece ‘Highway to Hell’ and then will listen to the jazz cover created by Karen Lanaud. They will discuss how the jazz cover differs by looking at the concepts of duration and tone colour (more specifically instrumentation).

 

Performance:

Students will choose a popular piece of music that they will perform in a small ensemble. They will change the instrumentation of the piece and perform it for the class. The class will then discuss how the change in instrumentation has altered the mood and atmosphere of the piece.

For Example:
Original – Hearts a Mess by Goyte

Cover – Katie Noonan

Composition:

The students will each be given a simple four chord popular song to arrange in a different genre of their choice by altering a few of the music concepts. They will notate this in Garage Band using the record option and a midi controller.

Musicology:

Students research a piece of their choice and find two covers that have been arranged in different genres. They will present these pieces to the class and explain how and which concepts of music have been altered in order to arrange the piece in the differing genre.