This lesson has two parallel running tasks. A composition task and a class performance task. These tasks are clearly outlined in the student page. There are many different ways a teacher could teach these. One way could to be just do the performance part in class and the composition part as homework. This might suit a lot of teachers and there timetabling. This is how I would structure it (over 5 weeks but could be 4).

Week 1

  • Introduction to new piece
  • Show class music/score
  • delegate instruments
  • student practice
  • demonstration on garageband/composition
Week 2
  • First class performance
  • Working on composition (motif and drone)
  • Check listening tasks and blogs as homework
Week 3
  • Second class performance
  • Working on composition (percussion and SFX)
  • Check listening tasks and blogs as homework
Week 4
  • Third class performance
  • Working on composition (real recording + any additional parts)
  • Check listening tasks and blogs as homework
Week 5
  • Final class performance (possibly in front of audience)
  • Hand in on composition
There is some prior knowledge that is needed to be known to do this lesson. The answer to the listening task with the five notes/which theme song is The Simpsons by Danny Elfman, however as said in students page there could be more than one.
Two Special Needs Students
Modification Рin this class there a student with a Physical Disability, Cerebral Palsy. This student has trouble playing instruments however is extremely creative. They do know how to control there body movement to represent what they can hear in music. This person with the help of a special aid enjoys blogging.
Extension – there is a percussionist in this class whom is a fantastic musician. They can play four mallet percussion parts quite easily. They also have a excellent music theory knowledge. However they are not the best with technology. Either adding some electronic to there instrument or getting them to use computer recording software to record their work brings outs them out of their comfort zone.
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