Music Moves is a series of music programs for upper primary and lower secondary school students which aims to develop musical thinking and decision making with a focus on exploring, experimenting and creating music.
Within this context the programs explore music concepts such as duration, dynamics, pitch, tone, colour and structure. it is not assumed that viewers will have a formal music background and the program are intended for use by both the general teacher and the music specialist.
Each program begins with a different starting point for composition, and a presenter, along with young musicians, demonstrates a process for students to follow in creating their own compositions. Other segments in the programs provide historical and cultural contexts to develop music appreciation and understanding.
Ep 1 - Ostinato
The use of layering repetitive patterns, ostinati, to create ensemble sounds is an important composition tool. This program establishes the idea of rhythmic ostinati patterns using simple time. The concept is developed by demonstrating how melodic and non-melodic ostinati can be added to a song to create a composition. Other segments include looking at the use of interlocking rhythms in Balinese Kecak, and a band talking about the use of repeated patterns in their composition.
Ep - 2 Rap
An existing style of music is used as the starting point for composition in this program. The students are taken through a composition process that involves putting four beat metre to lyrics, developing non – melodic percussion accompaniments, and structuring a performance. Additional segments explore turn tableism and break dancing, other aspects of the hip hop culture.
Ep 3 - Music and Movement
Movement can be a wonderful way to understand and respond to music. In this program students work with a piece of repertoire in three beat metre, using body percussion to explore musical ideas such as call and response, ostinato, question and answer and accent. The body percussion patterns are then transferred to movement patterns. A movement plan is developed, and the composition performed.
Ep 4 - Music and Computer Technology
In this program we explore what three students can do when given a brief to come up with a multi-media presentation on video, combining pictures and music. The emphasis is on the use of technology in supporting a story or theme, and the presenter outlines the steps, canvassing issues, and setting up a framework of questions to be used as a guide throughout the process.
Ep 5 - Percussion
This program starts with body percussion which is an important tool for understanding music and for pre-instrumental skill development. A piece of repertoire provides the context in which to explore the skills of body percussion. The body percussion repertoire is then transferred to “found instruments” ie rubbish bins, lids, and sticks, and a composition is developed. Other segments in the program extend the exploration of percussion skills.
Ep 6 - Sounds for Storytelling
A comical animation requiring sound is the starting point in this program. The presenter explores different features of sound production including duration, dynamics and tempo, in the quest to produce sounds which enhance the meaning of the story. Other segments in the program include a story told with a didgeridoo, and a segment encouraging students to critically analyse music they hear in films and TV.
Ep 7 - Soundscape
This program starts with a poem about the wind. Students identify sound words in the poem, and explore the concept of tone colour as they express the words using vocal and body percussion sounds. These sounds are then transferred to instruments and performed as a composition. In the process the students explore the idea of a sound score as they come up with graphic notation (symbols and pictures) to represent their sounds. We also look at composer, Matthew Hindson’s use of graphic notation.
Ep 8 - Songcraft
This program looks at the different song writing processes of three groups; one a professional rock group and two groups of young musicians just “starting out.” It follows them from the initial trigger or idea for their songs, through the choices they make, the setbacks and changes, to the final performance of their work. Through revealing the differences and similarities in the groups approaches’ the program aims to develop students understanding of the craft of song writing.
Ep 9 - Pathways to Music
In this program, students start by creating shapes and movement pathways with their bodies to create a movement composition . The composition is notated graphically, with symbols and pictures, and the resulting sound score is interpreted musically. This approach to music composition is rich and rewarding, and the process generates a lot of exciting musical decision making. Other segments in the program further explore the relationship between movement and sound.