Composing & Improv

Mystery Bag Improv Activity

A great activity in a group setting!  Students each choose a mystery bag with a secret food item inside.  They must use their senses to discover the characteristics of the food, then improvise a piece on the piano to make their classmates or teacher guess which bag they drew!   See blog for more details on this activity.  Downloads below include a worksheet to help students identify characteristics, and card labels for each mystery bag.

Mystery Bag Improv Worksheet
Mystery Bag Improv Worksheet
Food Improv Worksheet.pdf
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Mystery Bag Food Cards
Mystery Bag Food Cards
Food Improv Cards.pdf
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Composition Starters

Handouts with lots of ideas and sample first lyrics for elementary compositions.   Thanks to Bethany Ostler for contributing the Winter worksheet!!

Halloween Song Starters
Halloween Song Starters
Halloween Song Starters.pdf
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Winter Song Starters
Winter Song Starters
Winter song starters.pdf
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Composer’s Challenge Sheets

Given familiar songs, students must find and notate rhythms.  Next, they compose a new melody to go with the words.   Space is also provided for students who are ready to add their own accompaniment.

BINGO Composer's Challenge
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Camp Grenada Composer's Challenge
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Michael Finnegan Composer's Challenge
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Song.. Never Ends Composer's Challenge
Song.. Never Ends Composer's Challenge
The Song that Never Ends.pdf
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The Winter Blues Improv

Does winter give you and your students the blues?  This worksheet lets students create their own lyrics about what gives them the blues, then shows them how to improvise a melody using the notes of the E-flat blues scale.

The Winter Blues
The Winter Blues
The Winter Blues.pdf
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