With no workshops booked in for this month and all the remembrance and Christmas music sorted for choir, it’s the perfect opportunity to continue my process of sorting through the filing cabinet of teaching goodies and sharing some on here!
August marks the end of the old choir year and the beginning of the new, and I’m intending that it also marks in my mind a new start with the composing which I’ve struggled with in recent weeks. I have new songs to write for specific purposes so the foundations stones are there.
When asked to design some musical ideas to help with the study of flowering plants for some 9-10 year olds, I composed a song and then went to town with a complete unit of work using science and music curricula, with a bit of art and dance thrown in for good measure.
Let’s compose an exaltation of larks and other birds by listening to Vaughan Williams’ music and also by doing a spot of bird-watching of our own.
Listen carefully to the sounds of the morning, and also to the music of Grieg, and then compose some morning music of your own. An inspirational composing activity for youngsters!
Classroom composing and performing activities used by Cheryl in a variety of settings which use the 1st Movement of “Winter” from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons as a starting point.