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Music Education

Composing Concepts for Beginners

This a a series of videos to help students and teachers understand the basic concepts behind composing.  Follow the composer by either playing your instrument or using music notation software to create your own simple pieces following the basic steps outlined in the videos.

Students will not only learn how to compose, but also learn the meaning behind some of the terminology used in music composition.

 

Worksheets are available for download as needed.

Video #1: Phrasing

Video #2: AA Form

Video #3: AAAB Form

Video #3.5 - The Motif

Link to Google Drive Folder referenced in video

Music Appreciation and Listening Activities

Below you will find several files for some straight forward Listening Activities you can have your students either complete at home, or together as a class.  These activities are easily adjustable for any grade level.  Files are available in both Microsoft Word and Pages formats so you can edit them to suit the needs of your classroom. 

The activities include the following:

Create a concert program - have your students select repertoire for an upcoming concert by listening to several pieces and commenting on why they selected those specific pieces.

Music Appreciation - have your students compare two pieces by the same composer by focusing on listening to specific musical elements noted in the chart.

Active Listening Activities - have your students either identify the melody (or melodies) or ostinati used in band compositions and identify the instruments that play them

Microsoft Word

Create a Concert Program

Music Appreciation

Active Listening Activity #1 - Melody

Active Listening Activity #2 - Ostinato

Pages

Create a Concert Program

Music Appreciation

Active Listening Activity #1 - Melody

Active Listening Activity #2 - Ostinato

Appearances

Bandology

Bandology is a Canadian non-profit organization dedicated to more music for more kids via education, collaboration and community and founded by parents who have witnessed the long-term benefits of music education.  This summer, Ryan will be attending this summer camp as a guest conductor for one of the band workshops.  For more information, visit the organization's website: Bandology.

Summer Music Camp in Port Elgin

This summer, Ryan will be attending the Summer Music Camp held in Port Elgin, Ontario as the director of the intermediate band clinics.  For more information, visit the camp's website: Summer Music.