In this unit, students explore compositional techniques in creating a piece of programmatic music based on the character/persona of an animal of their choosing. As a class students will listen to similar works by other composers such as Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and Saint-Saen’s Carnival of the Animals. Students will also be introduced to more instruments of the orchestra in the unit during these listening activities. When composing students will be focussing on creating atmosphere and mood using. They also learn to develop a range of musical sound effects.
By the end of this unit it is expected that all students will be able to compose a simple atmospheric piece which answers the brief given in a basic way. Students will also have an understanding of good rehearsal practice and basic manners for social music making, with specifically respecting equipment.
Most students will be able to employ a variety of elements to create an effective composition, with a clear structure and is performed with confidence and accuracy.
Some learners will have progressed further and will be able to employ a variety of music elements and techniques to develop more creative melodies and/or accompaniment parts creating a memorable and effective performance, capturing the atmosphere and the mood prescribed in the stimulus. Students will perform with confidence and accuracy.
How to help your child:
To support your child’s study you could encourage them to listen to other forms of music via the internet, radio, etc. Please also encourage your child to join Year 7 choir and other extra-curricular music groups.