For those of you still in the classroom: this one is for you.
This time of year, I never know what will grab my students attention. I'll show up with 4 or 5 backup activities in my back pocket, just in case my main lesson plan goes out the window during the first 60 seconds.
Below are a handful of emergency, last ditch activities that focus on student composition. But first, here is the basic composition outline I use in class:
GOAL: Students compose a 30 second piece of music in small groups.
- Teacher gives students some parameters to focus their work (more on that below).
- Students spend some time composing
- Students perform for the class
I consider Junkyard Percussion to include any item which you can't buy in a music store. So if you want to use buckets this week, great. But maybe your patience is thin, or you just don't want to deal with possibly loud volume in the final weeks of the school year.
Instead, why not find some super non-traditional items to make music with and then use the Basic Outline found above?