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.
In the theory courses I took for my degree, we write compositions. These compositions begin very narrow and then gradually become larger to the point where there is no limit on how one composes the last piece in Theory 4. This tapered teaching of composition is something I will always incorporate into my classrooms. I have developed a lesson plan on how to teach composition in a Beginning Band situation to a high school choir setting. Not only have I created compositions for voice and piano, but I have also created a short duet for beginning flutes. The next example is a recording of an arrangement I created from the song "Scales and Arpeggios" from the movie The Aristocats. The second is a movement from an Oratorio I arranged for band and two singers from a piano score.
Since I feel very confident in this skill, I feel it is important to teach this skill to my students as well. I have developed a lesson plan on how to teach composition in a Beginning Band situation to a high school choir setting. I also have an example of a lesson plan I created to help students write their own names in musical language. Every student individually created their own composition of their name by transferring their name letters into the musical alphabet using a chart. They then transcribed this music onto staff paper and through combining colors and note names, I color-coded a piano so that each student could play their own name in music. I will incorporate many of these activities that use pre-assessed knowledge to scaffold new ideas upon into my classroom.
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