I’m sure you know the one…. dum dum dum daaa! dum dum dum daaa! Probably the most iconic and well known 4 note motif ever written. Across the Senior we have been using Beethoven’s or writing our own motif to create our own short excerpt of music. The basics of reading and writing music are used for those who can use written notation, and for those who can’t? It’s time to get creative, look at how graphic scores are used to express rhythm and dynamics and students develop their own language which they are then encouraged to share and tie across into the theory of notation.
In Primary we use the same piece and develop rhythmic motifs as well adding melodic motifs. We go further with the rhythmic idea and listen to further movements of Beethoven’s iconic work and apply dotted rhythms to well known nursery rhymes, pop songs and of course playing some of Beethoven’s themes from his C minor symphony.
Year 3 are featured developing their Taylor Swift “You Found Me” incorporating dotted rhythms from Beethoven’s second movement.