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In this unit, pupils will examine how music is used and performed in a non Western culture (India). They will develop an awareness of the cultural and historical background of Indian music through listening and compositional tasks and develop their knowledge and skills in areas such as scales, improvisation and notation. Pupils will become aware of the terms raga and tala and know how these are constructed, composing and performing their own.   Pupils discriminate between Indian and other ethnic music and learn the names of common Indian musical instruments.

Element Focus -  Pitch, Texture, Melody & Harmony, Structure & Form

Secondary/Key Stage 3 Unit - Indian Music

Exploring Raga

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Starter/Plenary 1

Introducing

Indian Music

 

(Uses Audio 1)

Audio 1

Introducing

Indian Music

Starter/Plenary 2

Indian Music choose the

correct word

Starter/Plenary 3

Indian Musical Instrument

Flashcards

Starter/Plenary 4

East Meets West

 

(Uses Audio 1 & 7)

Audio 1

East Meets West Raga

Audio 7

Freemasons

Arabic Mix

Starter/Plenary 6

Indian Music Key Words Card Sort

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Starter/Plenary 5

Drone

Instruments Card Sort

(Uses Audio 18)

Audio 18

Listening to Drones

Starter/Plenary 7

My Indian Music Learning

Audio 16

Within you,

Without You

Video 2

Tabla Solo

Audio 9

Alarippu

Audio 10

Tappa in Raga Desh

Audio 11

Music for

Pakhavaj

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audio 13

Neend Koyi

Starter/Plenary 8

Listening to Bhangra

 

(Uses Audios 14 & 15)

Audio 14

Hey Jamalo

Traditional

Bhangra Version

Audio 15

Hey Jamalo

Remix Bhangra

Version

A Masterclass in Raga with Veena Sahasrabuddhe

Part 1

(268MB)

A Masterclass in Raga with Veena Sahasrabuddhe

Part 2

(324MB)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Worksheet 1

Listening to

Indian Music

 

(Uses Audio 5 & 6)

Audio 5

Listening to

Indian Music

Raga Durga

Audio 6

Rupak Tala

Worksheet 2

Ragas

Composing Sheet

 

Uses MIDI 2

MIDI 2

Raga Vibhas

Raga & Drone with Raga

Worksheet 3

Ragas

Composing Sheet

Worksheet 4

Indian Music

Assessment

Worksheet 5

Assessing

Ragas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video 1

Learning about Indian Music

Presentation 1

Indian Musical Instruments

 

(Uses Audio 2, 3 & 4)

Audio 2

Sitar Example

 

Audio 3

Tabla Example

Audio 4

Tambura

Example

Presentation 2

Learning about Ragas

 

Audio 17

Raga Durga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Song Sheet 1 Norwegian Wood

 

(Song Example on  Audio 19 & MIDI 1)

Audio 19

Norwegian Wood

MIDI 1

Norwegian Wood

Song Melody

Score 1

Drones

Score 2

Indian Rhythm Cycles

 

(Uses Audios 8 & 12)

Audio 8

Return from the Fair

Audio 12

Tintal Tala

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Score 3

Indian Ragas

MIDI 2

Raga Vibhas

Raga & Drone with Raga

MIDI3

Raga Behag

Raga & Drone with Raga

MIDI 4

Raga Malakosh

Raga & Drone with Raga

 

 

 

 

Scheme of Work

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Lesson 1

Exploring Indian Musical Instruments

Lesson Plan 1

Lesson Plan 1

Lesson 1

Resource Bundle

Lesson 2

Exploring Raga

Lesson Plan 2

Lesson Plan 2

Lesson 2

Resource Bundle

Lesson 3

Exploring Drones

Lesson Plan 3

Lesson Plan 3

Lesson 3

Resource Bundle

Lesson 4

Exploring Talas

Lesson Plan 4

Lesson Plan 4

Lesson 4

Resource Bundle

Lesson 5

Exploring a Raga Performance

Lesson Plan 5

Lesson Plan 5

Lesson 5

Resource Bundle

Lesson 6

Exploring Bhangra

Lesson Plan 6

Lesson Plan 6

Lesson 6

Resource Bundle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cover/Homework

1

Indian History and Culture

This 2 page worksheet introduces the topic by looking at a map of India and focusing on the history and culture of the country.  I have also introduced the music by looking at the three main ways in which Indian people listen to music.

Cover/Homework

2

Indian History

An exercise to allow pupils to become more aware of India's history.  Although not musical this exercise is worthwhile to develop historical knowledge, a crucial aspect when looking at any music.  Pupils are given a list of dates and events and have to arrange them into chronological order.

Cover/Homework

3

Indian Music

This worksheet introduces Indian Classical music and  the terms raga and tala.  The first sheet gives information and there are questions to answer.  The second sheet focuses on talas and pupils perform a tala and then have to make their own.

Cover/Homework

4

Indian Instruments

A look into the three parts of Indian music - raga, tala and drone and the instruments that play each.  This worksheet gives pictures and detail about the four common instruments, Sitar, Tambura, Tabla and the Sarod.

Cover/Homework

5

Indian Music

A fill in the gap exercise to test pupils understanding of Indian music.  This is a straight forward sheet which is good to use as a homework activity.  Extension tasks for further research are included.

Cover/Homework

6

Indian Music

Revision

A good revision sheet to test knowledge and understanding of Indian music and culture.  There are questions followed by a wordsearch to find the answers.  

Cover/Homework

7

Indian Music

Composition

A simple composition exercise where pupils have to make their own raga using given notes.  Rhythms are provided but pupils should be encouraged to compose their own tala to fit their piece.

 

Cover/Homework 8

Indian Music Test

An end of unit test to see how much pupils have learnt!