Fourth grade students are working on a composing unit. Students begin by drafting a composition using a plain piece of paper folded into 16 small boxes. Each box represents one BEAT. If a note is worth four beats, that note must take up four boxes. Students are using xylophones and glockenspiels to work with partners to draft their compositions. A finished draft looks like this:
Students label each note with a letter on the xylophone. The downward and upward arrows signify whether a note is a higher (smaller key) note or a lower (larger key) note. The notes A and B do not need arrows because each xylophone has only one A and one B!
When students are finished their drafts, they then transfer their composition onto real staff paper. The finished product looks like this:
The final step in the process is to enter our compositions into a music writing website! We will be using the website http://www.noteflight.com to transform our compositions into masterpieces! Students have been encouraged to check out the website at home and create their own free account. Students use a checklist to make sure they have finished all the steps…
and the final, FINAL product looks like this:
Below are some examples of student work!
Mrs. Morrison’s Class
Ms. Grattan’s Class