Graphic Scores
Rob Jones

Three graphic scores are given below.  The first is a very simple score for pupils to play.  This involves simple score reading and one instrument to play.  The next stage from this is to get the pupils to compose their own graphic score.  The ultimate test is for groups of pupils to swap scores to see if they are playable.

The 2nd graphic score demands a higher degree of score reading skills.  Notice the structure of this score which is a Palindrome. (link with mathematics/numeracy/application of number or whatever you want to call it!).  The next stage is to get pupils to compose their own palindromic piece of music.

The 3rd score is more complex and involves movement of instruments and use of echo on the voice.  Notice the effective use of silences to make the piece interesting.  The next stage is for pupils to make up their own piece using silences and movement of instruments.

The scores are all in PDF format.  If you don't have acrobat reader, click on the link button below.

Graphic Score No. 1

Graphic Score No. 2

Graphic Score No. 3

The next series of scores  are small graphic scores that can be printed onto card and cut out.  Each page contains 4 small graphic scores, some contain standard notation and some are straightforward graphic scores.  They can be used in many different situations.  Here are some examples

1.  Put pupils into pairs with a card each.  Differentiate by ability, giving more able pupils a more difficult card to do.
Pupils are to play their score using instruments and/or voices.  Other pupils are to work out which card they are playing.

2.  Put pupils into pairs with a selection of cards.  They can group the cards up to make a longer graphic score.  Some cards can be turned upside down.
Pupils are to play their score using instruments and/or voices.

3.  Give the cards to pupils as a starting point for a longer piece of music which they must compose.

Small scores