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Year 8 Unit 3 - Variations

Exploring Ways to Develop Musical Ideas

This unit develops pupils’ ability to recognise, explore and make creative use of the elements of music found in variation form.  Pupils begin this unit by working with a famous theme and exploring different musical ways in which this can be varied and developed, using the elements of music and exploring changes in tonality and rhythm.  Pupils explore how composers have used variation form in a selection of music from different times and places.  Finally, pupils learn about the concept of Ground Bass, as a type of Variation Form, performing Pachelbel’s “Canon” and composing their own Ground Bass Variations before looking at how Ground Bass has been used in popular songs.              

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Y8U3 “Frere Jacques Variations”
“IN ACTION”

Track Listings, Analysis and AFL Supporting Notes

Pupil Audio 1

Level 3

Pupil Audio 2

Lower Level 4

Pupil Audio 3

Higher Level 4

Pupil Audio 4

Level 5

Pupil Audio 5

Level 6

Scheme of Work

Lesson Plan (PDF)

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Lesson 1

Exploring Variations

Lesson Plan 1

Lesson Plan 1

Lesson 1

Resource Bundle

Lesson 2

Exploring Variations in Tonality

Lesson Plan 2

Lesson Plan 2

Lesson 2

Resource Bundle

Lesson 3

Exploring Further Variation Techniques

Lesson Plan 3

Lesson Plan 3

Lesson 3

Resource Bundle

Lesson 4

Exploring Ground Bass

Lesson Plan 4

Lesson Plan 4

Lesson 4

Resource Bundle

Lesson 5

Exploring Ground Bass Variations

Lesson Plan 5

Lesson Plan 5

Lesson 5

Resource Bundle

Lesson 6

Exploring Ground Bass  in a Popular Song

Lesson Plan 6

Lesson Plan 6

Lesson 6

Resource Bundle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Songsheet 1

C U When U Get There

(Coolio)

Audio 1

C U When U Get There - Coolio

Score 1

Funeral March

 

Audio 5

Funeral March from First

Symphony by Mahler

MIDI 2

Funeral March from First

Symphony by Mahler

Score 3

With or Without You Ground Bass

Audio 8

With or Without You - U2

MIDI 3

With or Without You Ground Bass &

Chords

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Score 2

Canon -

Pachelbel

(Includes Ground Bass & 6 Graded Parts both

separate and full-score)

MIDI 4

Pachelbel’s Canon

Ground Bass

MIDI 5

Pachelbel’s Canon

Ground Bass

& Part 1

MIDI 6

Pachelbel’s Canon

Ground Bass & Parts 1 & 2

MIDI 7

Pachelbel’s Canon

Ground Bass & Parts 1, 2 & 3

MIDI 8

Pachelbel’s Canon

Ground Bass & Parts 1, 2, 3 & 4

MIDI 9

Pachelbel’s Canon

Ground Bass & Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5

MIDI 10

Pachelbel’s Canon

Ground Bass & All Parts Together

 

 

 

 

 

Starter/Plenary 1

The Variations Lucky Dip Machine

 

(opens with PowerPoint)

Starter/Plenary 2

My Variations

Learning

Starter/Plenary 3

Variations

Keywords

Definition Matching

Starter/Plenary 4

Variations on

Twinkle Twinkle

Card Sort

(Uses Audio 6)

Audio 9

Canon in D

Pachelbel

 

 

 

 

 

 

Worksheet 1

Frère Jacques

Performing and Composing Sheet

 

(Melody on MIDI 1)

Worksheet 2

Frère Jacques Variations

Evaluation Sheet

Worksheet 3

Listening to

Ground Bass

Variations

 

(Uses Audio 2)

Worksheet 4

Listening to

Variations on

America

 

(Uses Audio 3)

Worksheet 5

Listening to

Chaconne

Variations

 

(Uses Audio 4)

Worksheet 6

Ground Bass Composing Sheet

(Uses MIDI 11-14)

MIDI 11 - Chord Progression

MIDI 12 - “Smooth” Chord Progression

MIDI 13 - Melody with extra chord notes

MIDI 14 - Melody with passing notes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Worksheet 7

Exploring Further Variation

Techniques

Worksheet 8

Mattachins

Variations (GAT)

 

Worksheet 9

Frère Jacques

Writing a Canon

Worksheet 10

Variations Writing Frame

Worksheet 11

Listening to Theme and Variation 1 from The Trout Quintet

(Uses Audio 7)

 

 

 

 

 

Cover/Homework 1

Element Matching and Variation

Cover/Homework 2

Variations Key Words Word Search

Cover/Homework 3

Variations Key Words Crossword

 

 

 

 

 

 

Y8U3 “Pachelbel’s ‘Canon’”
“IN ACTION”

Track Listings, Analysis and AFL Supporting Notes

Pupil Audio 6

Level 2

Pupil Audio 7

Level 3

Pupil Audio 8

Level 4

Pupil Audio 9

Level 5

Pupil Audio 10

Level 6