1. OBJECTIVE- Students will learn that a pentatonic scale consists of five notes. They will then compose a twelve measure pentatonic melody using whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, eighth notes and quarter rests.
2. PURPOSE-This lesson follows our beginning composition unit.
3. MATERIALS NEEDED- Computer, projector, Microsoft Musical Instruments program, Pentatonic Scales handout, Listening Response sheet and staff paper.
4. ANTICIPATORY SET- A recording of the Koto will be playing as the students enter. Students will answer questions about the recording on their listening sheet.
After students have had time to listen and respond to the piece, the class will discuss the example.
Show photograph of the Koto from Microsoft Musical Instruments program. Discuss the origin of the instrument, itΉs parts and qualities.
Discuss how the melody being played on the instrument is pentatonic, consisting of a five note pattern. Pass out the Pentatonic Scales handout and go over with the class.
Question and answer review on value of notes and how to draw note heads on lines and spaces. Pass out staff paper.
Compose Pentatonic melodies, students can pick from the pentatonic scales on the handout.
11. CHECK FOR STUDENT UNDERSTANDING-Students will show understanding of the lesson by composing a twelve measure pentatonic melody using whole notes, half notes, quarter notes and eighth notes.
12. CLOSURE-Students will answer questions about the structure of pentatonic scales, the use of pentatonic scales in Japanese music and note values used in their compositions.
13. EXTENSIONS-Continuation of scales and composition unit, next week focus on major scales. How are major scales different from pentatonic scales in their sound and structure?