Ignite creativity in your musical classroom with a new activity.
I developed this lesson for teaching composing and arranging while also giving students an opportunity to work on sight reading. Download the worksheets below and try this activity in your classroom. This activity will spark imagination and, as an added bonus, it’s aligned with the National Core Arts Standards.
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Watch this video to see how this activity works!
There are many creative applications for this activity. I have successfully used this process with my percussion students. Here are some suggestions to use this activity for in-person and virtual teaching.
This activity is not limited to rhythms. You can create short melodic snippets and use the same process. If you are teaching a percussion class, use the 40 Percussive Arts Society International Drum Rudiments, cut out various rudiments and put them together into a composition. These are just a few suggestions that I have come up with. If there are other applications, please email me and I will add them to the list above with the appropriate credit.
These worksheets were created using Dorico. If you are new to Dorico, download a free 30-day trial and check out the worksheet handout in the Quick Start Guide.
If you would like the Dorico template for the level 1 creative composition activity, please email me. By using this template, you can change the rhythms and add melodic notation. This is a great activity for the “Creating” standard in the National Core Arts Standards — the possibilities are endless. Get out there and create!
Please send me your worksheets, and I will add them below.
STEVE GRAVES’ 3-NOTE MELODIES
Steve Graves, band director at Lexington Junior High School in the Anaheim Union High School District, created 3-note melodies using my Dorico template (please email me if you would like the template).
Worksheets are available for all transposing instruments and can easily be performed with a mixed instrumentation. These activity sheets work in the same way as the creative composition sheets (see the “Activity” and “Application” sections above.)
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