Demonstration of Kansas Music Teacher Standards
Kansas Music Standard #3: The teacher of music has skills in composing and arranging music.
- The teacher knows the ranges and traditional usages of various musical sound sources.
- The teacher composes music appropriate for various developmental stages.
- The teacher uses imagination and technical skill in applying the principles of composition.
- The teacher transcribes or arranges selected music for voices and instruments other than those for which the pieces were written in ways that preserve or enhance musical expression.
Composing and arranging in the music classroom is an important skill because the teacher will experience many situations which require composition or arrangement of an existing piece. My experiences in theory, instrumental technique, and arranging classes have given me the opportunity to increase my abilities to compose new works or arrange existing works. For example, each of my theory classes required a composition which was also performed for the classroom. My percussion technique class required many compositions during the study of the multiple percussion instruments. This allowed me to apply my theory knowledge in a concrete manner. My instrumentation and arranging class also required arrangements of pieces such as my arrangement of the Bach Chorale “A Child is Born in
” arranged for flute, oboe, clarinet, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, and glockenspiel. This allowed me to explore the relationship of an arrangement for a choir, and how the Bach Chorale can be expanded to an instrumental ensemble. Bethlehem
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