Our music appreciation has completed an overview of music history from the Middle Ages to the present. In order to continue music in the 21st century, we did a class project that involved the entire musical creative process.
*took materials from nature (beans, rubber bands, class jars, voice, and our hands)
*built instruments from these materials that either had a vibrating wind column, a vibrating string, or something that was hit against something else
*had composers study the instruments and write rhythms for them
*created a score
*performed the music!
I then took these sounds as material and worked with them, adding several violin parts, using the class’ music as the percussion track and brought the elements together with this video.
Creating this 21st century piece allowed students to experience first had many of the steps involved in creating a single musical work for large ensemble. We all understand music in unique yet also similar ways and its a wonderful experience when we are able to work with sound ourselves.