Quick summary: This lesson is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to enter the Fanfare Competition. They will build their understanding of orchestral score conventions and short score composing through studying past examples of winning fanfare entries. Students will explore the competition details and complete an entry in their own time.
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 role of fanfare and create their own attention-grabbing music.
- Students build their capacity to be creative and express ideas musically.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
Year 7 & 8 Music
- Analyse composers’ use of the elements of music and stylistic features when listening to and interpreting music (ACAMUR097).
Year 9 & 10 Music
- Evaluate a range of music and compositions to inform and refine their own compositions and performances (ACAMUR104).
Syllabus Outcomes: MUS5.7, MUS5.8, MUS5.9, MUS5.10, MUS4.7, MUS4.8, MUS4.10.
Time needed: 60 – 120 minutes.
Level of teacher scaffolding: High – teacher requires musical knowledge to guide student ideas.
Digital technology opportunities: Music publishing software (e.g. Finale or Sibelius) might be used to time and finalise composition, then create an MP3 version.
Resources required: Y-Chart Worksheet, Beethoven_Symphony No.3_Mov 1_piano score_pp1-2, Beethoven_Symphony No.3_Mov 1_full score_pp1-5, YouTube, computer, speakers, whiteboard, Student Worksheet, manuscript. Fanfare Competition DIY Student Toolkit.
Key words: fanfare, composition, full score, short score, attention-grabbing, orchestra, percussion, competition.
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