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February 7th, 2009

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11:34 pm - Musical Form Lesson Plan Help!
Hello everyone!

I'm in the process of acquiring a B.ed degree and am currently enrolled in a Music Education course.  In this course we are supposed to give a short 30-40 minute presentation on musical form.  Our textbook spends a considerable time talking about phrase form, but I know there are also larger forms such as binary, ternary, song (AABA) and rondo forms that I'd like to cover.  My question to everyone here is, do you have any advice or lesson plans that I could look at in order to get an idea of how I could present/teach this to my university class?  Do you know of any interactive websites that I could use during the presentation, or that could help me formulate a lesson?  The
class has a very limited background, so it is important to provide them with activities (any suggestions??) so that they can learn some things thoroughly rather than everything superficially...if you know what I'm saying.

Please help!  :)

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Date:February 8th, 2009 02:24 pm (UTC)

form is the easiest thing to teach, i think!

take a simple simple song like Hot Cross Buns, and figure out how many phrases and then which are alike/similar. Use shapes instead of letters at first. The reason Hot Cross Buns is the song EVERY 3rd graders learns first on the recorder is that the form is AABA, and kids need repetition to reach mastery.

looking to teach improvisation later? have them play the A sections as written, but make up a B section using only the same notes BAG and any rhythms they have learned.

another idea is to take a "classical" song and create contrasting movements for each section and have everyone dance/move around to it. some locomotor and some nonlocomotor. Some of the songs from the Nutcracker come to mind as well as Mozart's Rondo Alla Turc... but I'm sure you could use anything as everything has a form! :-)

Form is simply how the patterns go together. And patterns help us understand things easier. And we like easy, because it helps us to be successful.

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