This terms group classes have been my favourite so far! We explored different ways of improvising and composing using the theme of water. Students very creatively brainstormed different types of water (from rivers and oceans to coffee machine water and water from a camel's hump!!) and the techniques we could use to turn those ideas into music. We then worked on some aural listening skills by analysing compositions about water (such as Chopin's Raindrop prelude, Jon Schmidt's Waterfall and Daniel McFarlanes Undercurrent) and students tried to guess what the compositions were about.
Students then got the chance to perform a piece of music they have been working on for their friends before we worked on individual improvisation skills. I would demonstrate an improvisation pattern and the students would then get a chance to work on it on their own keyboard before demonstrating what they had been working on for the class. We then got back to brainstorming and came up with some fantastic lists of composition titles and ideas (Fizzing Rain, Moonlight Mist and Explosive Aqua Lagoon to name a few) before they chose one idea to work on for their composition piece. I finished every class amazed by the students creativity, sharing and positive encouragement of each other, it was a wonderful week of lessons filled with lots of smiles, giggles and even a few dance moves from one class!
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