Monday, November 23, 2015

#SCFloods Writing Across the Curriculum - Written Literacy in Orchestra

#SCFloods Writing in Orchestra 
Writing Across the Curriculum

What are the students doing?  

7th and 8th grade orchestra students were given the task of composing an original SC Flood reflection composition (at least 8 measures long). They were also allowed to complete "program notes" about their composition for extra credit.   

What do you hope students accomplish by completing this activity?

My hope is that their creativity was able to "flow" and they were able to express their personal feelings and emotions about the flood through music.   

How did this activity tie to your standards?

SC Standard 2: The student will improvise, compose and arrange music within specified guidelines.
SC Standard 3: The student will read and notate music
SC Standard 6: The student will make connections between music and other arts disciplines, other content areas, and the world. 

How did this activity promote student learning?

Students were able to transfer all of the music theory symbols and skills we use on a daily basis to their compositions. They experimented with using different rhythms, time signatures, key signatures, composing for multiple instruments, dynamic markings, slurs, ties, tempo markings, etc.

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