Sum b – Renaissance Dance Music

In this unit students will place secular music from the 16th century within its historical context.  They will be introduced to the function and character of dance music.  They will be able to recognise, identify and employ: duple and triple metre, rhythmic and melodic ostinato, drone, melody and accompaniment texture, regular 4 bar phrasing and repetition and variation through listening and composition activities.  Students will also become more familiar with simple notation.

This unit also introduces musical terminology such as: time signatures, duple metre, triple metre, accents, drone, texture, timbre, major, minor, introduction, coda, Pavan, Galliard


By the end of this unit it is expected that all students will be able to perform a simple part in a performance of a Pavan as a whole class and in a smaller group composition.  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 play a more complex part within a whole class and small group composition, with accuracy.

Some learners will have progressed further and will be able to lead a group performance to create a more creative composition.  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 examples of earlier music via the internet, radio, etc. Please also encourage your child to join Year 7 choir and other extra-curricular music groups. If you have access to a keyboard instrument at home, encourage your child to practice it.

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