Quick summary: This lesson is designed to expose students to multicultural elements of music. They consider the musical influences of other cultures (including Afro-Cuban and Indonesian Gamelan music) that may be incorporated into their fanfare compositions.
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 recorded by the Australian Youth Orchestra and played in venues across Australia 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 experiment with Afro-Cuban claves and/or Indonesian rhythms.
- Students build their capacity to be creative and express ideas musically.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 9 & 10 Music
- Improvise and arrange music, using aural recognition of texture, dynamics and expression to manipulate the elements of music to explore personal style in composition and performance (ACAMUM099).
- 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).
- Evaluate a range of music and compositions to inform and refine their own compositions and performances (ACAMUR104).
This lesson is also suitable for Year 11 & 12. Outcome alignment will variety depending on your state or territory.
Syllabus Outcomes: MUS5.4, MUS5.5, MUS5.6, MUS5.7, MUS5.8, MUS5.9, MUS5.10.
General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking
Cross-curricular priorities: Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia
Relevant parts of Year 9 and 10 achievement standards: Students analyse different scores and performances aurally and visually. They evaluate the use of elements of music and defining characteristics from different musical styles. They use their understanding of music making in different cultures, times and places to inform and shape their interpretations, performances and compositions.
Topic: Fanfare Competition.
Unit of work: Artology Fanfare Competition.
Time needed: 60 – 120 minutes.
Level of teacher scaffolding: High – teacher requires musical knowledge to guide student ideas.
Resources required: Student Worksheet – one per students. Device capable of presenting a video to the class. Percussion, melodic instrument/s. Optional: Fanfare Competition DIY Student Toolkit.
Key words: fanfare, composition, Gamelan, syncopation, rhythm, Son clave, Rumba clave, Afro-Cuban, claves, Indonesian, synergy, pentatonic.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.