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Building Bricks - DOITNOW (Starters) and Plenary Activities

Building Bricks - “DOITNOW” Presentation

 

Cutting down on printables, file storage and media files, the “new look” Musical Contexts “DOITNOW” Building Bricks lesson openers Presentation contains  a wealth (only two samples shown here), of effective “DOITNOW’s” when delivering the Building Bricks unit in just one place - all audio and video files are embedded and there’s accompanying Teacher’s Notes in the “slide comments” section. 

Building Bricks - Plenaries

Presentation

A range of lesson closers and ways in which pupil’s can review their learning and consolidate their skills, knowledge and understanding from within the Building Bricks unit.

Building Bricks - 5 Minutes Silent Reading

For teachers who prefer to begin their lessons with quiet, focused openers.  All contain “Questions to Think About” which can also be used as Cover or Homework tasks.

1. The Building Bricks of Music

2. Pitch

3. Tempo & Duration

4. Dynamics

5. Texture

6. Timbre & Sonority

7. Articulation

Building Bricks - Cover and Homework Activities Pack

Building Bricks - Cover and Homework Activities Pack

 

A selection of activities based on the Musical Contexts Building Bricks (Exploring the Elements of Music) unit which can be set as homework tasks or left for cover, especially  sui-table for non-specialist cover or supply teachers.  Includes key words word searches, designing an “Elements of Music” poster, an Elements Acrostic, suggesting how the Elements of Music could be used in a Haunted Castle storyboard and Graphic Scores comprehension.   Includes suggested answers.

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Welcome to the first “new look” Secondary/Key Stage 3 unit - Building Bricks - from Musical Contexts!  This unit has been designed to be used during the first term of Year 7 (although not exclusively and may be used or referred back to at any point within a Key Stage 3 Music Curriculum), to allow pupils the opportunity to engage in active music making while exploring how the Elements of Music are used in a range of music from different times and places.  Building Bricks replaces the now legacy Musical Contexts unit “Night and Day” (which can still be downloaded in its entirety via a .zip file below).  During this unit, pupils explore how different composers have used the Elements of Music to describe different times of the night and day, developing an understanding of the Elements of Music and providing pupils with a foundation of musical vocabulary for use at Key Stage 3 and which can be developed for GCSE Music. 

Exploring The Elements of Music

Building Bricks - Musical Repertoire

Music from the Western Classical Tradition

“Four Sea Interludes” from ‘Peter Grimes’ - Benjamin Britten

Popular Music

TBC

World Music

TBC

 

Building Bricks - Music Theory

Italian terms relating to Tempo

Italian terms and musical symbols relating to Dynamics and Gradations of Dynamics

 

Building Bricks - Links to GCSE Music

This unit provides an underpinning musical vocabulary covering the Elements of Music which can be extended at GCSE level.

The Musical Contexts legacy “Year 7 Unit 1 - ‘Night and Day’” unit can be downloaded in its entirety as a .zip file (106 MB) from the following link:

Building Bricks - Listening and Appraising Activities

Building Bricks - Composing, Improvising and Evaluation Activities

Building Bricks - Performing Activities - Songs and Scores