Create a melody as a class with nothing but a white board (or chalkboard) and your imagination.
- One by one, students can choose which note should come next in the melody. It is easiest to just stick with quarter notes.
- Once you have filled up the number of bars of music you chose for them to compose, perform the melody back for them.
Take it further:
- Let students determine the tempo and create dynamic markings. Hear how the pieces changes depending on how it’s performed.
- Give the piece a title.
- Let a student with a little more musical education lead the process (writing the notes on the staff and performing the melody).
- Instead of choosing just quarter notes, let students choose any note values that take up one beat of music .