Poetic License


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Poetic License 
Using Poetry to Guide Composition 
By Mari Schay 
68 pages 
Grades 2 - 6

The goal of Poetic License is to provide a framework for composition projects in the general music classroom. Each poem is written with standard rhythmic notation. Reproducible worksheets with step-by-step instructions will guide students to add melody to the poem. Activities are organized by musical concept, with each section further organized by difficulty. As your students work to compose pleasant and singable melodies, duets, and arrangements, they will also learn to count intervals, create chords, and explore expressive techniques.


About This Book
The Process
Poetic (Composer's) License
Teaching Rhythmic Notation

Section 1: Simple Composition
ABC (3 pitches)
Mississippi (4 pitches)
Woodchucks (4 pitches)
Falling Leaves (4 pitches)
Going to Saint Ives (6 pitches)
My Limerick (6 pitches, 6/8 meter)
Spring Storm (6 pitches, 6/8 meter)

Section 2: Counting Intervals
I Scream (3 pitches, 1 interval to count)
Rain on the Green Grass (4 pitches, 1 interval to count)
Loose Tooth (6 pitches, 1 interval to count)
Pancake Day (4 pitches, 2 intervals to count)
The Clock (5 pitches, 2 intervals to count)
Forehead, Eyes (5 pitches, 1 interval to count, 6/8 meter)

Section 3: Melodic Patterns, Inversions, and Transpositions
Pins (2 patterns, with 1 reversal of each pattern)
Mud Pie (2 patterns, 1 transposition, 1 reversal)

Section 4: Harmony
Bubble Gum (1 pattern for each part with 2 additional chord tones)
Onomatopoeia (1 pattern for each part with 1 reversal, 1 inversion, 2 transpositions)

Section 5: Motifs
The House That Jack Built (12 motifs)

Support Materials
Teacher Assessment
Composition Checklist
Staff Paper


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