Students will analyse original and cover songs with the aim of gathering ideas of how they will create a cover version of their own. Students will form groups and choose a song of their liking and of any style. Then, mainly independently will create a cover of their song ready for a performance in the Music classroom at the end of the unit. Students may use Ipads to help them learn their song of choice and may use any classroom instrument or other instruments they may play. Some students, depending on their teacher, may cover more Hip Hop, R ‘n’ B and Rap music and look at the relationship between each style. They will then learn how to play various Hip Hop, R ‘n’ B and Rap, adhering to the stylistic conventions and structures idiomatic to this genre of music.
By the end of this unit it is expected that all students will: be able to perform the accompaniment section to part of a song OR will be able to perform Hip Hop, R ‘n’ B and/or Rap styles 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 a more comprehensive version and amount of their chosen song. Elements altered in order to make their cover song more unique will be clear upon listening OR be able to perform in Hip Hop, R ‘n’ B and/or Rap styles and are able to include the key features of this genre of music in their group performances. Students will perform confidently and with accuracy.
Some learners will have progressed further and will: be able to perform a more comprehensive version and amount of their chosen song. Elements altered in order to make their cover song more unique will be clear upon listening. Students may also have merged two songs and have a played a leading role within their group OR be able to perform in Hip Hop, R ‘n’ B and/or Rap style, take a leading role in the group composition leading to the creation of their own chord progression and melody in accordance with the musical characteristics of the style. Students will perform with confidence and accuracy.
Extended homework tasks
Students should use the ‘Beatbox’ tutorials from YouTube to practise and share their skills at the end of the unit.
How to help your child
Encourage students to join extra-curricular groups or put together their own group and ask students to listen to other forms of music, particularly earlier pop styles and well known cover songs of late, via the internet, radio, etc.