I’m really looking forward to exploring how creative music education can be enhanced at school following on from the School’s investment in the new chrome books and technology.
At some point every year at Brabyns, all children improvise and compose. This is mainly based on layering short repeating patterns called ostinato and building them up. As a group, the children are encouraged to clap a rhythm on the spot, making sure it is varied enough from the last one played. The children have to become confident playing their chosen rhythm with a sense of pulse which can be difficult. Children can then be put into groups and each group can play their chosen rhythm together. Repeating this rhythm over and over makes it a repeating pattern called ostinato. Each group's ostinato can then be layered up for a whole class performance, and a solo or improvisation section might be put in the piece, or a call and response section for instance. The children can learn about the structure of music, as well as incorporating other musical elements such as dynamics, texture, timbre, tonality and pitch.
Following on from practically playing compositions as a group, there are various online platforms which will allow the children to layer up digital ostinati, or loops as they are commonly called. Year 6 have had a go at using basic online platforms for this, and going forward it the aim is to see them plugging microphones into the computers, or electric guitars and recording some live music, integrated with loops.
Technology is opening up lots of new opportunities for the children within music and as we embrace this in our lessons, clubs and peripatetic programme the children will continue to thrive creatively.