Year 7 : Pitch
National Curriculum: Programmes of Study
1a 1b (if IT option is used)
4a 4b 4c 4d 4f
5b 5d 5g 5h
(a) To understand ledger lines above and below the treble clef
(b) To understand the basic principles of melodic composition
(c) To revise staff notation learned in the last lesson
Notes for guidance
To hear the MIDI files, a plug-in is required to hear them. The standard Windows media player is barely adequate. A preferred MIDI player is the crescendo plug-in.
The obvious way of tackling the composing activity in this lesson with ICT is to let the pupils compose the theme at the sequencer. They could also play the theme into a scorewriter and print the theme. This may need some editing by the teacher, since it is probable that the theme is played slightly out of time and will make little sense when scored.
Pitched percussion instruments such as keyboards and glockenspiels.
Further information for teachers/parents
Reading staff notation
- The composing activity will need some time to develop. The pupils' work should be listened to in progress and appropriate advice should be given at all stages of development.
- Emphasise the importance of being able to sing the tune.
The importance or otherwise of being able to read and write in staff notation has been a point of considerable contention among music educationalists for decades. Some teachers avoid it completely, whereas others teach pupils the rudiments of staff notation thoroughly. I take the point that music is primarily a creative and artistic pursuit and that notation serves to reproduce the music which is created. Sound, therefore, should be created before the symbol for it.
At this stage, pupils have not learned how to write dotted or syncopated rhythms. They are, however, very likely to compose a theme that does include rhythmic groupings not yet learned. For the teacher to limit the pupil to rhythms the pupil can write would, of course, inhibit creativity.
By using a scorewriter, the pupils can play their themes into the computer and see the staff representation of their themes.