Speaking with sounds

The following activities have the objective of letting the student explore and discover different compositional techniques through creative gestures, each of which are focused on one specific technique. The teacher may proceed freely, depending on what they prefer emphasizing, or by consolidating the understanding of notions such as verticality, horizontality, rhythm, pitch etc...

While each of these activities is focused on a specific technique, connections can always be made with other notions covered in previous exercises. For example, a “rupture” can be very effective when preceded by the long crescendo already created in the “wave” activity.

Invitation to more creative freedom

“Who has an idea of where to go from here?”
By giving back the initiative to the students (once they have accomplished the more prescribed musical gesture), we let them make sense of what they’ve experienced, by applying it within a more elaborate form.

 

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glissando
masking
weft
vertical fragment
accumulation
crescendo-decrescendo