Activities in Music Essentials: Songwriting relate to song form, syllabification, scales, chords, lyrics and tune-writing.
Creative approaches to learning the skills of songwriting and arranging that don't require additional equipment and only basic note reading skills. Covers everything students need to start composing their own songs, including lyrics, tunes and chord progressions.
Elements of music theory – such as major scales, blues scales and basic chord construction – are also woven into the activities to provide a solid theoretical foundation. A key feature of this series are the suggested ways in which to integrate notation software and freeware into music lessons.
- Building blocks
- Starting from lyrics
- Tools of the trade: syllabification, meter, the blues scale
- Chords, adding chords
- Chords and rhythm
- Starting from tools of the trade - the major scale
- Starting from a rhythm template
- An existing tune, from 12 bar blues or a folk song
- Song building skills- the title and chorus
- The verse, lyrics and the verse tune
This checklist highlights the major uses and benefits of the books:
Supplementary classroom lessons
Reinforcement of learning
Extension work for advanced students
Preparation for assessment
Creative teaching ideas
Developing greater student interest and understanding
A fresh approach to a topic
Away to target student weaknesses
Suitable for individual or group work
A variety of activities for home study