Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Piano Teacher's Guide to Creative Composition - Part 4 (Reading Together)

This week's section lays out lesson plans so that you can incorporate composition into your regular teaching sessions.

The lesson plans are designed to work as a series that last for 6 to 8 weeks. The goal is to help your students experience a steady progress on their composition from week to week.

Each lesson plan is designed to take 5-10 minutes of your teaching session. In addition, every lesson plan has three parts: the goals for the lesson, the process by which you teach the given aspect of the composition, and what you will assign to your students.

Here is a list of the lesson plans:
Lesson 1: initiating the compositional idea
Lesson 2: mapping the story and musical ideas
- The main goal here is establish the big picture.
Lesson 3: establishing the framework of formal structure (usually ABA)
Lesson 4: continuing the creative process
Lesson 5 and subsequent lessons: connecting the dots
- The main goal is to now refine the composition.

I hope you are enjoying the reading as much as I am. Have any observations? Please leave them in the comments below.

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