Year 9 Unit 7 - Samba

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

Exploring Polyrhythms and Improvisation

This unit introduces the polyrhythmic style of Latin-American Samba and identifies its roots in African and Spanish/Portuguese music.  Through performing Samba, pupils will learn the sounds and understand the roles of each instrument used in Samba, learn about rhythmic loops, polyrhythms, call and response and improvisation in Samba and experience the exhilaration and physical impact of percussion ensemble music.  The unit is based around a flexible class Samba performance piece - “Samba de Janeiro” which can be used solely as a percussion piece or with optional melodic parts added.

Element Focus - Rhythm, Texture, Structure & Form

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Lesson 1

Exploring Samba and its Cultural Background

Lesson Plan 1

Lesson Plan 1

Lesson 1

Resource Bundle

Lesson 2

Exploring the Instruments of Samba

Lesson Plan 2

Lesson Plan 2

Lesson 2

Resource Bundle

Lesson 3

Exploring Improvisation in Samba

 

Lesson Plan 3

Lesson Plan 3

Lesson 3

Resource Bundle

Lesson 4

Exploring Melodic Samba and the influence of Samba on Popular Music

Lesson Plan 4

Lesson Plan 4

Lesson 4

Resource Bundle

Lesson 5

Putting Together a Complete Class Samba Performance

Lesson Plan 5

Lesson Plan 5

Lesson 5

Resource Bundle

Lesson 6

Composing a Polyrhythmic Samba

Lesson Plan 6

Lesson Plan 6

Lesson 6

Resource Bundle

 

 

 

 

Worksheet 1

Learning about Samba

 

(Uses Audio 2)

Presentation 2 Instruments of Samba

Worksheet 2 Instruments of Samba

 

(Uses Audio 4)

Worksheet 3

Composing a Polyrhythmic Samba

Worksheet 4

Evaluating Samba Compositions & Performances

 

 

 

 

 

Cover/Homework 1

Samba

 

(Fill in gaps activity and structured questions)

Cover/Homework 2

Instruments of Samba

(Picture Matching)

Cover/Homework 3

Samba Research

 

(Extension/GAT - need internet/library access)

Cover/Homework 4

Samba Mask Design

Cover/Homework 5

Learning more about Samba

 

 

 

 

 

 

Starter/Plenary 1

Samba Group Instrument Posters

Starter/Plenary 2

My Samba Experience

Starter/Plenary 3

Samba

Crossword

Starter/Plenary 4

Samba Instrument Matching Card Sort

(Uses Audio 4)

Starter/Plenary 5

Samba

Word Search

Starter/Plenary 6

Influences of Samba on Popular Music

 

(Uses Audio 5 & 6)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Score 1

Samba de Janeiro

Percussion Parts

MIDI 1

Samba de Janeiro

Introduction

MIDI 2

Samba de Janeiro

Section A

MIDI 3

Samba de Janeiro

Section B

MIDI 4

Samba de Janeiro

Coda

Score 2 Samba de Janeiro

Melodic Parts

MIDI 5

Samba de Janeiro

Melodic Parts over Percussion

Section B

MIDI 6

Samba de Janeiro

Melodic Parts

Presentation 1

 

Samba de Janeiro Scores 1 & 2 with .wav embedded files for class display

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video 1 & Audio 1

 

 

Samba de

Janeiro - Bellini

Video 2

Samba at the Notting Hill Carnival

Video 3

From traditional Samba to a Ballroom Dance

Audio 3

Samba Rhythm Warm-Up

All Change

Starter/Plenary 7

Planning a Performance of Samba de Janeiro

Starter/Plenary 8

Call and Response Samba Rhythms for Warm-Up

Starter/Plenary 9

Samba Rhythm Grid Warm-Up

 

 

Starter/Plenary 10

My Samba Learning

Further Listening

Audio 7 & Audio 8

More examples of Samba