Quick summary: This lesson is designed to inspire students to use riffs or ostinato to start composing an attention grabbing fanfare. Students understand how repetition can be used to create a compelling work.
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 people and musicians, and encourage creativity in young people.
- Students consider the role of riffs in music, and create their own riff/s.
- 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
- Experiment with texture and timbre in sound sources using aural skills (ACAMUM092).
- Structure compositions by combining and manipulating the elements of music using notation (ACAMUM095).
- Analyse composers’ use of the elements of music and stylistic features when listening to and interpreting music (ACAMUR097).
Syllabus Outcomes: MUS4.4, MUS4.5, MUS4.6, MUS4.7, MUS4.8, MUS4.9, MUS4.10.
Time needed: 60 minutes.
Level of teacher scaffolding: High – teacher requires musical knowledge to guide student ideas.
Digital technology opportunities: GarageBand loops provide a quick means of showing the use of riffs.
Resources required: YouTube, computer, speakers, whiteboard. Fanfare Competition DIY Student Toolkit.
Key words: riff, phrase, ostinato, layers.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.