July 16, 2004

 

Hillary Epstein

Introduction to Technologies in Music Education

Project #5: High School Lesson Plan: Composing a Simple Canon

 

OBJECTIVE

 

1)The second voice must be the same as the first or a contrapuntal variation of the first

2)The second voice enters later than the first voice

3)The second voice must strictly follow the first voice or the variation

 

 

 

 

Inversion

Retrograde or ìcrabî canon

Augmentation (with longer note values)

A canon in which the second voice begins at an interval different from the leader (e.g. canon at the fifth)

Etc.

 

 

PURPOSE

Students have already learned to create simple melodies. The canon exercise is a second step in teaching composition, designed for students to begin writing two parts.

 

MATERIALS NEEDED

CD, computers for each student each equipped with MIDI keyboards, Sibelius and Sibelius Compass Software.

 

ANTICIPATORY SET

Pachelbelís Canon in D is playing as the students enter the classroom.

 

PROCEDURE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHECK FOR STUDENT UNDERSTANDING

 

 

CLOSURE

 

 

 

EXTENSIONS

Students will compose non-orthodox canons. They will write inverse, retrograde, and additional canons with other contrapuntal variations.

 

 

Reference List

 

Allrefer.com. (n.d.). Retrieved July 16, 2004, from http://reference.allrefer.com/encyclopedia/C/canon-mus.html

 

 

Fact Index. (n.d.). Retrieved July 16, 2004, from http://www.fact-index.com/c/ca/canon__music_.html

 

Smith, T.A. (1996). Canons of the Goldberg Variations. Retrieved July 16, 2004, from Northern Arizona University Web site: http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/~tas3/goldbergcanons.html