This unit explores reggae music and the culture it comes from.  After exploring the origins of reggae music as one of a number of different styles of Caribbean music, pupils learn about the importance of bass lines in reggae music and how offbeat chords are a key feature of music of this genre.  Pupils explore the strong and weak beats of the bar, syncopation and the effect that this has on reggae music, before looking at how “fragmented” melodic parts can be used as bass line riffs and melodic hooks.  Pupils look at the famous reggae musician, Bob Marley and his influence on Rastafarianism to a worldwide audience through the lyrics of reggae songs and explore the different textural layers which make up reggae music.      

Element Focus - Rhythm, Pitch, Texture,   Melody & Harmony

Year 8 Unit 2 - Offbeat

Exploring  Reggae & Syncopation

Learning, Listening, Composing & Evaluating Activities
Performing Activities - Songs & Scores
Starter & Plenary Activities
Supporting Activities - Cover & Homework

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Score 1

Reggae Beat

M IDI 1

Section A Reggae Beat Chords with Drum on First Beat of Bar

MIDI 2

Section B Reggae Beat Chords with Drum on First Beat of Bar

MIDI 3

Section A Reggae Beat Chords and Bass Line

MIDI 4

Section B Reggae Beat

Chords and Bass Line

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audio 10

Three Little Birds

Song Sheet 2

Three Little Birds

Score 3

Reggae Bass Lines

Three Little Birds

MIDI 9

Reggae Bass Line Introduction

Three Little Birds

MIDI 10

Reggae Bass Line

Chorus

Three Little Birds

MIDI 11

Reggae Bass Line

Verse

Three Little Birds

Score 4

Three Little Birds

Lead Sheet

MIDI 12

Three Little Birds

Complete Performance

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Lesson 1

Exploring Caribbean Music & the origins of Reggae

Lesson Plan 1

Lesson Plan 1

Lesson 1

Resource Bundle

Lesson 2

Exploring how Chords are used in Reggae

Lesson Plan 2

Lesson Plan 2

Lesson 2

Resource Bundle

Lesson 3

Exploring Bass Lines in Reggae

Lesson Plan 3

Lesson Plan 3

Lesson 3

Resource Bundle

Lesson 4

Exploring Hooks, Riffs & Textures in Reggae

Lesson Plan 4

Lesson Plan 4

Lesson 4

Resource Bundle

Lesson 5

Exploring Textures in Reggae

Lesson Plan 5

Lesson Plan 5

Lesson 5

Resource Bundle

Lesson 6

Exploring Lyrics in Reggae Songs

Lesson Plan 6

Lesson Plan 6

Lesson 6

Resource Bundle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Worksheet 1

Learning about Caribbean Music

 

(Uses Audios 1-6)

Audio 1

Calypso Example

Audio 2

Yellow Bird

2 Steel Pan Calypso Versions

Audio 3

Soca Example

Hot, Hot, Hot

Arrow

Audio 4

Salsa Example

El Gran Combo

Azuquita pal Cafe

Audio 5

Merengue Example

Sabina

Luis Kalaff

Audio 6

Reggae Example

Keep on Moving

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Worksheet 2

Trenchtown Rock Lyrics Comparison

 

(Uses Audio 12)

Worksheet 3

Reggae Assessment

 

(Uses Audio 7)

Audio 7

Reggae Assessment

Worksheet 4

Evaluating Reggae Arrangements

Peer Assessment

Worksheet 5

Evaluating Three Little Birds

Peer Assessment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Starter/Plenary 1

Bob Marley

Poster

Starter/Plenary 2

Reggae Lyrics & Jamaican Speech

Starter/Plenary 3

Reggae Key Words Word Search

Starter/Plenary 4

Onbeat and Offbeat Rhythm Grids

Audio 9

Rat in my Kitchen

Offbeat clap-a-long

Audio 11

Duck Soup

Bass Line Listening

Starter/Plenary 5

A Reggae Hook

 

(Uses MIDI 13)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video 1

Bob Marley Live

Jammin’

Starter/Plenary 6

Reggae Trifle

Starter/Plenary 7

My Reggae Learning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Song Sheet 1

Yellow Bird

Audio 8

Yellow Bird

MIDI 6

Yellow Bird

Song Melody

Score 2

Yellow Bird Bass Line & Chords

MIDI 7

Yellow Bird

Melody, Bass Line &

On Beat Chords

MIDI 8

Yellow Bird

Melody, Bass Line &

Off Beat Chords

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cover/Homework 1

How Reggae Developed

Cover/Homework 2

Reggae

Questions

Cover/Homework 3

All About Bob Marley

Cover/Homework 4

Reggae & Rock Steady

Cover/Homework 5

Reggae

Cover/Homework 6

History of Reggae

Cover/Homework 7

Bob Marley Biography

Fill in the Gaps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cover/Homework 8

What is Reggae and where did it come from?

Cover/Homework 9

Rastafarianism

Cover/Homework 10

Religion in the Caribbean

Cover/Homework 11

Caribbean Music

An Introduction

Cover/Homework

12

Merengue, Mento & Calypso

Cover/Homework

13

Compas

Cover/Homework

14

Ska and Rock Steady