Fanfare Competition -  Layered Compositions

Fanfare Competition - Layered Compositions

Lesson 8 of 12 in this unit

  • Secondary
  • Year 7 - 10
  • The Arts
  • Music
  • ...

Lesson summary

This lesson is designed for students to learn about musical layers and texture by composing a fanfare. They are encouraged to start writing their own short 30 second attention grabbing piece of music to enter into the Fanfare Competition.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • consider the role of texture, counter-melody and imitation when creating their own attention grabbing music
  • build their capacity to be creative and express ideas musically
  • learn to construct call and response using musical ideas

Success Criteria:

Students can...

  • include counter melodies in their own fanfare composition.

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Curriculum mapping

Australian curriculum content descriptions: 

Year 7 & 8 Music:

  • Experiment with texture and timbre in sound sources using aural skills (ACAMUM092)
  • Develop musical ideas, such as mood, by improvising, combining and manipulating the elements of music (ACAMUM093)

Year 9 & 10 Music:

  • Improvise and arrange music using aural recognition of texture, dynamics and expression to manipulate the elements of music to explore personal style in composition and performance (ACAMUM099).
  • Manipulate combinations of the elements of music in a range of styles using technology and notation (ACAMUM100).

Syllabus Outcomes: MUS4.7, MUS4.8, MUS4.4, MUS5.4, MUS5.5, MUS5.6, MUS5.4, MUS5.5, MUS5.6.

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Capability.

Relevant parts of Year 7 and 8 achievement standards: Students identify and analyse how the elements of music are used in different styles and apply this knowledge in their performances and compositions.
Students manipulate the elements of music and stylistic conventions to compose music.

Relevant parts of Year 9 and 10 achievement standards: Students analyse different scores and performances aurally and visually. They evaluate the use of elements of music and defining characteristics from different musical styles. They interpret and perform music with technical control, expression and stylistic understanding. 

Unit of work: Artology Fanfare Competition

Time needed: 60 minutes.

Level of teacher scaffolding:¬†High ‚Äď teacher requires musical knowledge to guide student ideas.

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This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Communication
  • Creativity

Additional Info

This lesson is part of the Fanfare Competition unit. The unit is designed for students to build their aural and technical skills while exploring music as an art form through listening, composing and performing. Students are encouraged to apply their learning by planning and organising a composition for the Fanfare Competition.

The competition encourages young people aged 12‚Äź21 years to write a new work to be recorded by the Australian Youth Orchestra and played in venues across Australia to replace the ‚Äėcue bells‚Äô for audiences to take their seats. It is a wonderful way to showcase young artists and musicians, and encourage creativity in young people.

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