Creating a countermelody

This lesson explores countermelodies by listening to and performing 'Swing low, sweet chariot' before composing a countermelody for it.

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Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

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Q1.Balanced melodies usually have...

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Q2.Which musical period favoured balanced phrases?

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Q3.Which is the most common phrase length?

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Q4.When composing a melody, which pitch should your question end on?

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Q5.When composing a melody, which pitch should your answer end on?

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Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

Before we start this lesson, let’s see what you can remember from this topic. Here’s a quick quiz!

Question 1

Question 2

Question 3

Question 4

Question 5

Q1.Balanced melodies usually have...

1/5

Q2.Which musical period favoured balanced phrases?

2/5

Q3.Which is the most common phrase length?

3/5

Q4.When composing a melody, which pitch should your question end on?

4/5

Q5.When composing a melody, which pitch should your answer end on?

5/5

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Creating a countermelody

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Q1.What is a countermelody?

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Q2.Finish the sentence, 'A countermelody is played...'

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Q3.Which scale did we use to perform 'Swing low'

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Q4.What did 'Swing low' end on?

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Q5.Where did we play our countermelodies on the keyboard so they could be heard with the main melody?

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This quiz includes images that don't have any alt text - please contact your teacher who should be able to help you with an audio description.

Quiz:

Creating a countermelody

Don’t worry if you get a question wrong! Forgetting is an important step in learning. We will recap next lesson.

Question 1

Question 2

Question 3

Question 4

Question 5

Q1.What is a countermelody?

1/5

Q2.Finish the sentence, 'A countermelody is played...'

2/5

Q3.Which scale did we use to perform 'Swing low'

3/5

Q4.What did 'Swing low' end on?

4/5

Q5.Where did we play our countermelodies on the keyboard so they could be heard with the main melody?

5/5

Lesson summary: Creating a countermelody

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This was the final lesson in the unit The Power of the Pentatonic.

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