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 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 experiment with Afro-Cuban claves and/or Indonesian rhythms in their fanfare compositions.
- Students build their capacity to be creative and express ideas musically.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking
Cross-curricular priorities: Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
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.
Time needed: 60 – 120 minutes.
Level of teacher scaffolding: High – teacher requires musical knowledge to guide student ideas.
Resources required: YouTube, computer, speakers, whiteboard, percussion, melodic instrument/s. 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.