Peter Albertelli

July 19, 2004

 

PROJECT#4:  Middle School Lesson Plan

 

 

 

OBJECTIVE:

 

Students will compose pieces with ostinato patterns.

 

PURPOSE:

 

This lesson reinforces 6th grade curriculum of form and compositional techniques.

 

MATERIALS NEEDED:

           

1.     Recording of Pachelbelıs Canon in D Major.

2.     CD player

3.     10 computers installed with the application ³Garage Band²

4.     Teacherıs computer station with projector

5.     Black or white board with chalk or dry erase markers

 

ANTICIPATORY SET:

           

The students will walk in to the classroom with the recording of Canon in D Major playing on the CD player.

 

PROCEDURE:

 

1.     Ask the students to describe what happens in the bass line.

2.     Define ostinato as ³a short musical pattern that is repeated continuously throughout a composition or a section of one² and write the definition on the board

3.     In groups of two, assign each student a computer station. Using the projector, the teacher will demonstrate the application ³Garage Band².

4.     Divide the students into small groups, and using the parameters defined below, ask them to compose simple ostinato pieces guided by the following criteria listed below:

-       Pieces should be no more than one minute in length.

-       An ostinato must play throughout the piece

-       Reminder that ³interesting pieces² will have different musical ideas surrounding the ostinato.

-       The music can be in any style- be as creative as possible.

5.     The students will be given time to compose their pieces in class.

 

CHECK FOR STUDENT UNDERSTANDING:

            Students will play their pieces from their individual work stations and discuss what compositional techniques were used to make their pieces interesting.

 

CLOSURE:

Ask students to define and describe ostinato and what they experienced during the performance of their pieces.

 

EXTENSIONS:

 

Students compose contour pieces around an ostinato pattern using Morton Subotnickıs ³Making Music² composition software. Discussion and use of inversion, retrograde, and other compositional elements may supplement the lesson.