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Workshop 14

December 2013

Music has the tremendous ability to communicate emotion, trigger feelings and depict action. How can a melody, a particular chord or rhythm paint a picture in our minds or bring us to a time and place far away? Our 6th grade composers have been exploring that question. For their third composition each student has written a brief descriptive text using colorful language that captures a memorable moment. We have explored the ways in which melody, harmony, rhythm, timbre, dynamics, articulations along with extra musical effects can all be used to depict and support the recitation of their text. Through doing so we are gaining new insights into the principles of music that help musicians and composers use music to communicate their ideas. Ownership over these techniques can help our students use music creatively in a multitude of settings. About the Concert