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Year 7 Music - Lesson 5

NO. OF STUDENTS: LESSON DURATION: 75 min


TOPIC/FOCUS: 12 bar blues and improvisation
Curriculum STATEMENTS:
Respond and Interpret
- Analyse composers use of the elements of music and stylistic features when listening to and interpreting music (VCAMUR038)
- Identify and connect specific features and purposes of music from contemporary and past times to explore viewpoints and enrich their music making
(VCAMUR039)
Explore and Express Ideas
- Develop music ideas through improvisation, composition and performance, combining and manipulating the elements of music (VCAMUE034)
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES:
The students will be able to: describe the origins of blues music and improvise using a limited number of notes and play the baseline of a 12 bar blues in
pairs on the piano.
SUMMARY OF RESOURCES REQUIRED:
- Spotify playlists
- Handouts
- Pianos
LESSON PROCEDURE
EXPECTED STUDENT TEACHER RESPONSES GOALS & METHODS OF
TIMING RESOURCES STEPS OF THE LESSON REACTIONS OR TO STUDENTS EVALUATION
RESPONSES
10 min Spotify Get attention!
playlist
Instrument Quiz!
Genre Quiz!
20 min Spotify Blues handout & music examples
playlist (see handout)

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10 min Handout Demonstrate and explain the
Piano structure of 12 bar blues

25 min Pianos Students split into groups of 2 and Extension Activity


play bass line & improv over a 12 - use chords
bar blues progression - use more notes in
improvisation
Modified Activity
- Use only C and F
chords
- Improvise only rhythm
on one note
10 min pack up/changeover time
12 bar blues music examples
Blues Music Name: ___________
Jazz
What is Blues? Charlie Parker - Cool Blues
- African-American music
- Can be traced back to West African music traditions
- Influenced American Rock n Roll
Music Example:
Muddy Waters - Gypsy Woman

Rock n Roll
Bill Haley and the Comets - Rock Little Richard - Tutti Frutti
Around the Clock

12 bar blues
- A series of chords that forms the basis of many songs today
- Used in both jazz and rock music

Soul Todays Rock Music


James Brown - I Got You (I Feel The White Stripes - Ball and Biscuit
Good)
12 Bar Blues Improvisation Activity

Bass line Improvised Melody


- Play the following notes on beat 1 of each bar - Make up a tune as you go using the notes C, D
and Eb
Blues Name: ____________

In which culture's music did the blues originate?

______________________________________________

What genres do you usually find a 12 bar blues in?

______________________________________________

Which number chords are used in a 12 bar blues?

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What is meant by improvisation?

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Name 3 songs that use the 12 bar blues

______________________________________________

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PRE-SERVICE TEACHERS POST LESSON REFLECTION
Student learning (Were the stated goals achieved by all students or only some?)

Effectiveness of the learning and teaching strategies (For example, review your questioning skills in checking for understanding or your explaining
skills in information and modelling, or your organising and communicating skills, for example, giving instructions, encouraging student participation
etc.)

Reflection on what you have learned and changes for future lessons (Identify a key learning/insight that you have gained about effective learning and
teaching and those changes you will make when planning and implementing your next Direct Lesson Plan)