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Composition in the Elementary and Middle School Music Class:

PMEA conference presentation 2014
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Becky Burdett

on 21 May 2015

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Transcript of Composition in the Elementary and Middle School Music Class:

Composition in the Elementary and Middle School Music Class:
a Creative Means of Assessment

Why Compose?
Student self-expression
Individual, concrete work
Archive student progress (portfolio)
Start NOW while students are developing musicians
Language arts correlation
Why NOT?


What to Compose?
Use
elements
of music:
FORM
RHYTHM
MELODY
HARMONY
How to Compose?
Movement
Complete a given phrase
Improvisation
Reorganize known elements

Lessons within this Session
1. Through movement: opening
2. Primary Grades- rhythmic building blocks with manipulatives
3. Intermediate Grades- melodic elements for recorder
4. Middle Grades- create a melody given a harmonic structure
Conclusion
Activities are student-centered
Teacher acts as facilittator (flipped classroom)
Work is concrete and tangible
Student work is inividual, and unique

RUBRIC
As the teacher, you MUST give the students the structure of composition. This will become your assessment rubric.
Elemental Rhythms
Building Blocks
prosody=word rhythm
Recorder Melody
Student Examples
I-IV-V
Becky Burdett, Lake-Lehman School District
burdettr@lake-lehman.k12.pa.us

RUBRIC:
http://www.noteflight.com/scores/view/0d3e3bc173c4f1e6b77888810dc2fb4fee2bab81

Movement
Folk dances- clear forms, gross motor that leads to later development of fine motor skills.

Teaching dance sequences with elemental music can lead to the organization of the whole self. (Phyllis Weikert,
Rhythmically Moving,
2006)

Music training allows for the "ability to organize, follow intricate sequences, or to hold great volumes of information in the mind." (Oliver Sacks,
Musicophilia
, 2007)

RUBRIC
RUBRIC
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