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Composing across KS1 and KS2

Discussion in 'Music' started by foxtreeeducation, Sep 4, 2018.

  1. Morning all.

    This year I am aiming to roll out a composing project across both key stages with a strong cross-curricular link to writing. I have never yet found a way of teaching this that I am completely happy with. I was just wondering how other people approach it? my current basic idea is to write a topical poem add a melody afterwards.

    Any thoughts?
  2. eyhorne

    eyhorne New commenter

    I tend to start with a well known nursery rhyme/song and change the words to get them started on composing lyrics. For Year 5/6 I ask them to make a potted story of a well-known fairy tale and then make it into a 2/3 minute rap, (like Shakepeare shorts on Youtube) then we try and add some melodies, starting with a glock/chime bars to give some basic harmonies, then just using the old Ta/Ti Ti/Shh system to make some basic rhythms. Hope that helps?!
  3. ViolaClef

    ViolaClef Lead commenter

    Writing a good melody is a tricky skill, unless you are using a very limited range of pitches in solfa - soh, mi and la, for example.
    What about the pupils writing poems about, for example, the sea or a thunderstorm - using really excellent descriptive words and images - and then creating a piece of music based on the poem. The sea/rain could be gentle at first (soft playing, an ocean drum, tuned percussion); it could built up to a storm/crashing waves (hanging cymbal, rainmaker, drum) then subside.
    This approach would give you both writing and music which have integrity and value.

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