Prompt 1: A: Make music that sounds angry. B: Make music that sounds peaceful. A: Make music that sounds angry. End with a "big bang."
Prompt 2: A: Make music that has a strong group pulse/beat. B: Make music with no group pulse/beat. A: Make music that has a strong group pulse/beat. End by slowly dying out (although I think we chose some different endings here...).
For the first day of music class this term, each class was challenged to improvise/compose on the spot as a group. Students were given prompts for each, but couldn't communicate or see each other while they played, forcing everyone to listen and work together as a group. Check them out!
Bonus Track: Period 2 was having such a good time that they made another one... A: Dancy/hype music. B: Sleepy, boring music. A: Dancy/hype music. End by "playing one key."
Here's some wise words from your peers to get you motivated and inspired for the last third of the school year!
“MUSIC CLASS IS DIFFERENT THAN OTHER CLASSES BECAUSE WE, AS MUSICIANS, ARE REQUIRED TO...
have a good time.
have an open mind.
listen and then play.
learn to read music.
find different answers.
play and write exactly how we feel.
be a part of our sound.
show our feelings.
create our own music with inspiration."
Students were asked to find an instrument, sit facing outward in a circle (so they can't see each other or communicate verbally), and find a sound that they liked. THEN... we improvised/composed on the fly!
Prompt 1: A) Play notes with gaps/spaces between them B) Play notes with no gaps between them or layered on top of each other C) slowly die out by creating larger and larger gaps between notes.
Prompt 2: A) Play notes in a steady beat/pulse as an ensemble B) Play notes with no common beat/pulse C) Return to a steady ensemble beat/pulse.