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This unit explores the main rhythmic musical features and devices used in African music, particularly the African drumming tradition of West Africa.  Pupils learn to perform different drum strokes on a drum before composing, performing and improvising simple rhythms, turning these into cyclic rhythms.  These are then combined to form a polyrhythmic texture, characteristic of much African music.  Pupils explore the effect of syncopation on rhythms learning about its offbeat feel and its emphasis on weaker beats before exploring how call and response is used in African music, improvising, composing and performing their own call and response rhythms.  Pupils look briefly at African musical instruments before combining their learning of cyclic and polyrhythms, syncopation and call and response into an African-inspired piece. 

Element Focus - Rhythm, Texture, Timbre & Dynamics

Year 8 Unit 1 - African Music

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Exploring  Polyrhythms

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Score 1 - Sun over the Sahara

MIDI 1 - Duns Bass Part A (with metronome click) - repeated 8 times;         MIDI 2 - Duns Bass Part A (without metronome) - repeated 8 times

MIDI 3 - Duns Bass Part B (with metronome click) - repeated 8 times;          MIDI 4 - Duns Bass Part B (without metronome) - repeated 8 times

MIDI 5 Duns Parts A & B (with metronome click) - repeated 8 times;           MIDI 6 - Duns Parts A & B (without metronome click) - repeated 8 times 

MIDI 7 - Djembe Part (with metronome click) - repeated 8 times;            MIDI8 - Djembe Part (without metronome click) - repeated 8 times

MIDI 9 - Duns Parts A & B & Djembe Part (with metronome click) - repeated 8 times

MIDI 10 - Duns Parts A & B & Djembe Part (without metronome click) - repeated 8 times

 

 

Score 2 - Rhythms of Africa

Audio 13 - 144bpm pulse

MIDI 11 - Madagascar Rhythm;       MIDI 12 - Chad Rhythm;     MIDI 13 - Ethiopia Rhythm

MIDI 14 - Algeria Rhythm;    MIDI 15 - Egypt Rhythm;     MIDI 16 - Tanzania Rhythm

MIDI 17 - 6 African Rhythms added one by one

Song Sheet 1 - Wimoweh & Score 3 - Wimoweh

Song Example on Audio 4

Audio 5 - Wimoweh melody without and with syncopation

MIDI 18 - Verse & Chorus Song Melody; 

MIDI 19 - Verse & Chorus Song Melody (with metronome click)

 

 

Song Sheet 2 - “Nsansa Censele” &

Score 4 - “Nsansa Censele” (Piano Accompaniment)

(Song Example on  MIDI 20 with Piano Accompaniment on MIDI 21)

(Taken from Year 7 Unit 3 - “Form & Structure” & Year 7 Unit 11 - “Voiceworks”  

Song Sheet 3 - Three African Call & Response Songs

MIDI 22 - Owe Nsawila song melody

MIDI 23 - Byowa song melody

MIDI 24 - Na ya la mu song melody

 

 

Song Sheet 4 - Six African Songs

MIDI 25 - Miawoe gbona afega me (song melody);        MIDI 26 - Atia de menye (song melody)

MIDI 27 - A-B-C-D (Kpanlogo song) (song melody);              MIDI 28 - De oyo dio (song melody)

MIDI 29 - Tuu-tuu gbovi (song melody);         MIDI 30 - Abang (song melody)

Song Sheet 5 - Tumba (African Chant)

MIDI 31 - Tumba Part 1;      MIDI 32 - Tumba Part 2

MIDI 33 - Tumba Part 3;      MIDI 34 - Tumba - All 3 parts together

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Starter/Plenary 1

“Where in the World?” - World Music Card Sort

(uses Audio 1)

Video 2

African Drumming in Action

Audio 2

African Dance from Ghana

Starter/Plenary 2

Listening to African Drumming

 

(uses Audio 3)

Audio 6

On the beat

 - off the beat

Audio 7

Wimoweh

(alternative

version)

Starter/Plenary 3

I want a cup of tea!

Call & Response warm-up

(uses Audio 8)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audio 9

African Call and Response Drum Rhythms

Audio 11

Listening to Call and Response in Spirituals, Gospel and the Blues

Video 3

African Musical

Instruments

 

Starter/Plenary 4

My African Music

Learning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video 1

African Drum

Techniques - Bass, Tone & Slap

Worksheet 1

African Drum

 Techniques

Djembe Heads

Worksheet 2

How to play an

African Drum

Worksheet 3

Wimoweh

Evaluation Sheet

Worksheet 4

African Call and Response Rhythms

 

(uses Audio 10 & MIDI  35)

Worksheet 5

African Music

Composing Sheet

Worksheet 6

African Music Evaluation Sheet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Worksheet 7

African Music

Assessment

 

(uses Audio 12)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scheme of Work

Lesson Plan (PDF)

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Lesson 1

Exploring African Drumming Techniques

Lesson Plan 1

Lesson Plan 1

Lesson 1

Resource Bundle

Lesson 2

Exploring Cyclic and Polyrhythms

Lesson Plan 2

Lesson Plan 2

Lesson 2

Resource Bundle

Lesson 3

Exploring Syncopation

Lesson Plan 3

Lesson Plan 3

Lesson 3

Resource Bundle

Lesson 4

Exploring Call & Response

Lesson Plan 4

Lesson Plan 4

Lesson 4

Resource Bundle

Lesson 5

Exploring African Musical Instruments

Lesson Plan 5

Lesson Plan 5

Lesson 5

Resource Bundle

Lesson 6

Exploring African Musical Features

Lesson Plan 6

Lesson Plan 6

Lesson 6

Resource Bundle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cover/Homework 1

Drums around the World

(requires internet access)

Cover/Homework 2

The Music of West Africa

Cover/Homework 3

African Musical Instruments

Cover/Homework 4

African Music

Cover/Homework 5

West African Music

Cover/Homework 6

African Popular Music

Cover/Homework 7

African Music

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