Sunday, February 25, 2018

Get Your Students to Compose Ostinato Ensembles

As I've been back into the lesson planning game, I was thinking about ways to actively engage students, and give them choice and ownership of the music they create.  I realized that composition and performance has always been a great learning and assessment opportunity in my classroom.

In this set, students have the ability to compose, either alone or in groups, and then in small groups (or large ones for that matter), to perform the layers of the simple ostinato they write. 

This set has several combinations of worksheets to meet the needs of your students. Several instrumental options are included for each set of rhythms directed in both 3/4 and 4/4 time signatures. Worksheets are created to include quarter notes, eighth notes, and quarter rests; the next level of advancement adds sixteenth notes; and the final level of advancement adds eighth-sixteenth combinations. 

Over 40 choices of instrumentation and rhythm requirements are provided. These worksheets require use of 1 beat rhythms only. Instruments listed on the worksheets include world drums, egg shakers, sticks, cymbals, wood blocks, hand drums, sand blocks, triangles, tambourines, and maracas. Blank worksheets are also provided for you or your students to choose instruments not listed on any set. 
I'm hoping to create a more complex set that will allow for multiple beat rhythms.  I hope this experience gets your students MAKING music, not simply sitting and listening.  Our students need the chance to CREATE on a daily basis!

Happy composition work!

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