Arranging Folk Songs
Students will be placed into groups and work together to arrange a folk tune. The teacher should assign student groups prior to announcing the assignment in order to ensure that each group contains students with as much variety of musical backgrounds and levels of experience as possible.
In Part 1, students will choose a tune from a pre-established list of familiar folk tunes and begin to arrange and rehearse their selected tune. Part 2 (one week after Day 1) will be for a second 50-minute rehearsal period. In Part 3, students will perform their arrangements in class. Students will be expected to rehearse outside of class over the two-week period. Students will also maintain a rehearsal journal in which they reflect on their experiences of arranging their selected tune and preparing it for performance.
This item has been voluntarily field-tested by Michigan teachers with a non-representative sample of students.
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