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This unit explores drones, ostinati and organum as an introduction to harmony.   Pupils learn about sacred music such as plainsong and secular music such as songs and dances.  The unit explores how and where medieval music was developed and performed; the musical devices used in medieval music and the use of particular instruments in medieval times. The unit focuses on texture (drone and ostinato) other elements include pitch (plainsong and melisma) and aspects of harmony (parallel motion/organum and intervals).

Element Focus - Pitch, Texture, Melody & Harmony

Secondary/Key Stage 3 Unit - Medieval Music

Supporting Activities - Cover & Homework

Exploring Ostinato, Drones & Organum

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Starter/Plenary 6

Sumer is
icumen in

 

(Uses Audio 11)

Starter/Plenary 7

Planning for a Medieval Concert Procession

Starter/Plenary 8

My Medieval Music Learning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Score 6
Mattachins

(Melody Line with no note names)

Audio 7

Mattachins

MIDI 7

Mattachins

Melody

Score 7

Mattachins

(Melody, Drone and Ostinato)

MIDI 7

Mattachins

Melody

MIDI 8

Mattachins

Ostinato

MIDI 9

Mattachins

Melody, Ostinato & Drone

Score 9

Music for a Grand
Procession

MIDI 12

Music for a Grand Procession

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Score 4 Pavane

(Melody, Two Harmony and Bass Ostinato Parts)

MIDI 3

Pavane

Part 1 Melody

MIDI 4

Pavane

Part 2 Harmony

MIDI 5

Pavane

Part 3 Harmony

MIDI 6

Pavane

Part 4 Bass Ostinato

Score 5
Pavane

Full Score

Audio 5

Pavane

Strings version with Introduction

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Song Sheet 3

Sumer is icumen in

Audio 11

Sumer is icumen in

Audio 12

Sumer is icumen in

Melody & Round Example

Audio 13

Sumer is icumen in

Extension Melody

Audio 14

Sumer is icumen in

Vocal Ostinato 2 as a Round

Audio 15

Sumer is icumen in

All Parts

MIDI 11

Sumer is icumen in

Melody & Round Example

Score 8

Sumer is icumen in

(Melody, Drone and Ostinato)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Song Sheet 1

Orientis Partibus

Audio 2

Orientis Partibus

Score 1

Orientis Partibus Melody Line

(one score with note names, one without)

MIDI 1

Orientis Partibus

Melody Line

Score 2
Orientis Partibus

(Melody, Organum, Drone, Drum & Percussion Parts)

Score 3
Orientis Partibus
Full Score

Song Sheet 2

Winter Now is Gone

MIDI 10

Winter Now is Gone

Melody Line

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cover/Homework 1

Medieval Music

Cover/Homework 2A

Organum

 

(Foundation)

Cover/Homework 2B Organum

 

(Higher)

Cover/Homework 3

Medieval Musical

Instruments

 

(Foundation)

Cover/Homework 4

Medieval Musical

Instruments

 

(Higher)

Cover/Homework 5

Plainsong

Scheme of Work

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Lesson 1

Exploring Medieval Music

Lesson Plan 1

Lesson Plan 1

Lesson 1

Resource Bundle

Lesson 2

Exploring Parallel Motion & Organum

Lesson Plan 2

Lesson Plan 2

Lesson 2

Resource Bundle

Lesson 3

Exploring Medieval Musical Instruments

Lesson Plan 3

Lesson Plan 3

Lesson 3

Resource Bundle

Lesson 4

Exploring Plainsong & Melisma

Lesson Plan 4

Lesson Plan 4

Lesson 4

Resource Bundle

Lesson 5

Exploring Secular Medieval Music &

Medieval Rounds

Lesson Plan 5

Lesson Plan 5

Lesson 5

Resource Bundle

Lesson 6

Exploring a Medieval Procession in Concert

Lesson Plan 6

Lesson Plan 6

Lesson 6

Resource Bundle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Starter/Plenary 1

Who? What? When? Why?

Starter/Plenary 2

Harmony Cards

Unison - Octave

 

(Optional MIDI 2)

Starter/Plenary 3

Medieval

Instrument

Matching Cards

Starter/Plenary 4

Medieval Music Keyword
Matching

Starter/Plenary 5

Plainsong - Old meets New

& East meets West

 

(Uses Audios 9 & 10)

Audio 3

Organum

Example

Audio 4

Influences of

Organum on modern music

 

 

 

 

 

 

Worksheet 1
Listening to Medieval Music

 

(Uses Audio 1)

Worksheet 2

Assessing Medieval Performances

 

(Peer Assessment Sheet)

Worksheet 3

Listening to Medieval Musical Instruments

 

(Uses Audio 6)

Worksheet 4

Listening to
Plainsong

 

(Uses Audio 8)

Worksheet 5

Plainsong
Composing Sheet

Worksheet 6

Medieval Music
Assessment

 

(Uses Audio 16)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Score 10
La Mourisque

(Full Score & 3-Part Melodic Scores)

Audio 17

La Mourisque

MIDI 13

La Mourisque

Melody Part 1

MIDI 14

La Mourisque

Melody Part 2

MIDI 15

La Mourisque

Melody Part 3

MIDI 16

La Mourisque

All 3 Melodic Parts Together

Song Sheet 4

Now is the month of Maying

Song Sheet 5

Greensleeves