Quick summary: This lesson is designed to inspire students to experiment with rhythm. Students use syncopation and irregular bar lengths to inspire their own 30 second attention grabbing piece of music to enter into the Fanfare Competition.
This lesson is part of the Fanfare Competition unit. The unit is designed for students to build their aural and technical skills while exploring music as an art form through listening, composing and performing. Students are encouraged to apply their learning by planning and organising a composition for the Fanfare Competition. The competition encourages young people aged 12‐21 years to write a new work to be played in the Sydney Opera House to replace the ‘cue bells’ for audiences to take their seats. It is a wonderful way to showcase young artists and musicians, and encourage creativity in young people.
- Students consider the possibilities of variable bar lengths when composing.
- Students experiment with a traditional African rhythm (using syncopation).
- Students build their capacity to be creative and express ideas musically.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
Year 9 & 10 Music
- Manipulate combinations of the elements of music in a range of styles, using technology and notation (ACAMUM100).
- Plan and organise compositions with an understanding of style and convention, including drawing upon Australian music by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists (ACAMUM102).
Syllabus Outcomes: MUS5.4, MUS5.5, MUS5.6.
Time needed: 60 minutes.
Level of teacher scaffolding: High – teacher requires musical knowledge to guide student ideas.
Resources required: Manuscript, whiteboard. Fanfare Competition DIY Student Toolkit.
Key words: fanfare, composition, rhythm, beat, bar-length, attention-grabbing, syncopation, canon, round.
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