Having relative pitch is very helpful. It is very useful to have a reference point. These two videos show how to recognise the gaps between the notes.
Task 2 - Proposal
The criteria states that the proposal should show;
You are marked on;
Your proposal should show what you intend to for your product. You will produce a song on an issue of your choice that will inspire social change/social justice.
This means you have to make your thought processes visual. It is not an easy thing to do.
There is a number of ways to do that
Explain your thought processes. Write them down.
Use the creative thinking tools
Use Mind Maps
Your proposal is to explore your ideas not define them. The finished product can and should be different.
Some ideas to explore in your proposal.
Your subject matter and why you have chosen the subject matter. How is this going to be a song to inspire change?? This might be good explored through mind maps
Consider your audience, what is the genre, who is it aimed for?
How does it relate to your research?
Where are you going to draw inspiration from?
What style of music are going to produced?
What mood is the music going to be?
What musical devices are you going to use?
What instruments are you using? Are you using anyone to perform your song?
What equipment/skills/tools do you need to complete the project?
What recording software are you going to use?
How are you going to work through the songwriting process? What steps do you need to take?
What challenges do you expect to face and how will you overcome them?
Tools to use in creative thinking.
E-Excitements. What excites you about the project. What is your motivation?
W-Worries - What worries you about the project. What challenges so you expect to face and overcome
N-Needs - What do you need to find out to complete your project. What tools do you need. What skills do you need.
S-Steps - What are the step you need to take to complete your project.
Songwriting this semester is split into 4 tasks
3. Creating a song
Task 1 - Presentation
Create a presentation about songs about social justice. Critically analyse 2 pieces of music.
The criteria highlights;
With the criteria remember to include CONTEXT - Where, when, and how the music was made? What was the situation at the time of writing the music? This is where stepping inside the music helps.
Critically analyse the music. Look at the lyrics and the songwriter themselves. What did the songwriter believe? Do the lyrics create awareness? Do they inspire change? Does it ask questions and what questions does it ask. Is the music a historic document describing what the situation is?
Questions you could ask?
Step Inside the music. What did the musician see, observe or notice about their society?
What might the musician know, understand, hold true, or believe?
What are the principles of the musician? What does the musician care about?
What might the person think or wonder when creating their music?
What is the context, the history, the political, the social situation of the music?
What social injustices does the music highlight?
What have we learnt about the past world from the artists work?
How does the music inspire change?
What styles of music influence this music?
Can you describe the music elements?
Why does the composer make these musical choices?
Hear, Think, Wonder? What do you hear? What do you think is going on? What do you wonder about?
Connect, Extend, Challenge. How do you connect to the music? How does it extend your thinking? Does it challenge your thinking to new ways of thinking?
How does this music influence you in your own creation?