Invite students to notate compositions. Younger students may trace and color in notated compositions, while older students may notate using staff paper or notation software.
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Use composition checklists and rubrics with older students. Provide opportunities for student feedback. Reserve the last five minutes of instruction for students to share in- and out-of-class compositions. Encourage students to provide feedback using the T. Model T. Promote composer collaboration.
Ask students to share compositions with others, such as family members, classroom teachers, and elementary instrumental teachers. Multi-age collaboration extends the music environment beyond your music classroom. Connect compositions with other repertoire. Guide students in comparing their compositions to other repertoire. Highlight music elements like meter, rhythm, tonality, harmonic progression, phrasing, tempo, and expression. Students build compositional awareness and analysis skills through making song-to-song connections. Incorporate compositions into music activities.
Include student compositions in your general music repertoire. Engage students in performing, arranging, reading, notating, analyzing, and evaluating those compositions. Post compositions on classroom walls. Post student compositions on your classroom walls alongside your personal compositions, class songs, and works by famous composers. A Wall of Fame board sparks music learning and creativity.
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Their peers helped name the song and the entire class notated copies to take home. Andrew and Janine later solicited the help of their string teacher and fourth grade string students to arrange and perform the song on violin, viola, and harp. He asked fifth grade peers to arrange and perform the piece for trumpet, alto saxophone, clarinet, and percussion.
I find incorporating composition into daily instruction helps students understand that composing is an important part of being a musician. To guide K-5 students in learning to compose, you can easily embed the aforementioned ten tips into existing general music settings. Azzara, C. Book 1.
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