Students will learn about the historical background and context of Reggae music together with some of the music’s characteristics. They will perform several Reggae songs by prominent Reggae artists (Bob Marley, etc.) and compose a group Reggae song whilst revisiting keyboard skills.
This unit also introduces musical terminology such as: degrees of the scale, traids, primary triads, melodic riffs, quadruple time, off beats and syncopation, Ska
By the end of this unit it is expected that all students will: be able to perform in a Reggae style with a single hand at the keyboard, showing some understanding of the stylistic conventions. Students will also have an understanding of good rehearsal practice and basic manners for social music making, specifically respecting equipment.
Most students will: be able to perform in a Reggae style with a partner at the keyboard and are able to include the key features of Reggae in their group song. Students will perform confidently and with accuracy.
Some learners will have progressed further and will: be able to perform in a Reggae style on the keyboard with both hands. They will also take a leading role in the group composition leading to the creation of their own chord progression and melody adhering to the musical characteristics of the style. Students will perform with confidence and accuracy.
How to help your child
Encourage students to join extra-curricular groups and encourage students to listen to Reggae and Ska music, via the internet, radio, etc. Practice at home if students have access to a keyboard.