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Making Arrangements - Listening Resources

Making Arrangements - Cover and Homework Activities

Making Arrangements - Stand By Me

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Key Words, Concepts and Musical Knowledge

Musical Arrangements, Cover Versions, Mashups, Remixes, Song Structure—Intro, Verse, Pre-Chorus, Chorus, Middle 8/Bridge, Coda/Outro, Textures and Layers, Recording a Song, Music Technology, Digital Effects, Promoting and Advertising a release of a Musical Arrangement, Marketing in the Music Industry, Copyright and Fair Use of Music.

Music Theory

Chords (Triads—Major and Minor)

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Listening to Arrangements of “I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You”

 

Audio 1 - Three Arrangements of “I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You”

Listening to Arrangements of “Killing me Softly”

 

Audio 2 - Three Arrangements of “Killing Me Softly”

Listening to two different Arrangements of “Comfortably Numb”

 

Audio 3 - Two Arrangements of “Comfortably Numb”

 

Listening to an Arrangement of “Drunken Sailor” - Malcolm Arnold

 

Audio 4 - First Shanty from Three Shanties for Wind Quintet—Malcolm Arnold

 

 

 

 

The Recording Studio

Pupils label parts and components of a diagram of a Recording Studio and match definitions to descriptions of items found in a recording studio.  

Can be done without using ICT.

Recording a Song

Comprehension activity on song recording and the recording studio.

Can be done without using ICT.

 

Selling your Song Arrangement

Pamphlet or presentation activity on aspects of selling a song arrangement.

Can be done without using ICT.

Triads Crossword

Simple crossword based on Chords as Triads

Can be done without using ICT.

 

 

 

Listening to Arrangements of “Stand by Me”

Audio 1 - “Stand By Me” - Ben E. King original

Audio 2 - Three arrangements of “Stand by Me”

Performing “Stand By Me” - Lead Sheet

Melody Line/Vocals/Lyrics/Chords, Bass Line, Strings Chords, Percussion etc. for pupils to create their own arrangement.

Audio 3 - Bass Line, Percussion & Chords

“Stand by Me” Evaluation Sheet

Can be used to assess and evaluate arrangements of “Stand by Me”

 

 

“Love is All Around” - Wet Wet Wet

Lead Sheets featuring lyrics and song melody, melody line, guitar chords, keyboard or tuned percussion two-note chords and bass line, B flat and E flat melody parts for transposing instruments with a Full Score for pupils to create their own Musical Arrangement

“I’ll Be There for You” (Theme from ‘Friends’) - The Rembrandts

Lead Sheets featuring lyrics and song melody, melody line, chords and bass line, B flat and E flat melody parts for transposing instruments with a Full Score for pupils to create their own Musical Arrangement