Christmas Improvisation and Composition Activity

£3.00

A Christmas/Winter themed activity, using time signatures, rhythms and musical elements to prompt improvisation and musical expression.  Can be used as a starting point for longer compositions.

Sold By: Kate Thompson

Description

This Christmas printable activity is intended for use in musical instrumental lessons, (or class music lessons where pitched instruments are available).

Activity objectives are to:

  • Consolidate rhythmic skills
  • Make improvisation fun and accessible
  • Develop musical expression through the use of dynamics, tempo, articulation and pitch
  • Incorporate an understanding of time signatures
  • Inspire composition

Includes

  • Five Christmas/winter themes
  • Six sets of rhythm cards, of varying complexity (in the time signatures 4/4, 3/4 and 6/8)
  • Instructions

The five themes included are:

  • A cosy cottage
  • A cold, snowy day
  • Icy blue penguin party
  • A wintry wonderland
  • A snowy village

Activity instructions

  • Choose a set of rhythm cards and a theme
  • Place the rhythm cards in the spaces on the theme page in any order you like
  • Identify the time signature and place it in the space on the theme card
  • Clap the rhythm
  • Think about the theme – how might you use articulation, tempo, pitch and dynamics to convey the theme in your music?
  • Playing your instrument, improvise a melody inspired by the theme, using the rhythm on the cards
  • Try changing the order of the rhythm cards, using a different set of rhythm cards or using a different theme
  • Extend the activity by developing longer compositions

Additional information

Age

Primary School (4-11)

Level

Beginner (Initial), Early Elementary (Grade 1), Elementary (Grade 2), Early Intermediate (Grade 3), Intermediate (Grade 4)

Seasonal

Christmas, Winter

Teaching Focus

Composition, Improvising, Rhythm

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