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Dark Night Sky
Sing Dark Night Sky as a simple minor melody.
Have students add rhythmic ostinati as they sing.
Have students add a melodic ostinato to create some simple harmony.
Add both melodic and rhythmic ostinati but add them one at a time to build the texture of the song with each repetition.
Start the song in unison, adding ostinati and then sing the song as a round, adding harmonies to the ostinati foundation that has been created.
Create your own rhythmic and/or melodic ostinati.
Discuss minor tonality.
Sing the song expressively, adding dynamics and articulation.
I enjoy teaching my students songs in minor keys. I have always enjoyed inviting my students to sing Ghost of John as a round, creating lovely harmonies as the parts are added. I started creating multiple textures by having my students add melodic and rhythmic ostinati as we sang. I thought we would spend one or two classes on the process, but it became very complex and we continued adding more and more elements. When we have spent four classes on our “soundscape” we still have more things we wanted to explore. However, the song was timed to coincide with Halloween and the time had arrived and then gone by. I decided to write non-seasonal lyrics to use with the melody of Ghost of John. I created the lyrics for Dark Night Sky and now I have a song I can use at any time of year. I no longer feel pressured to rush the students’ creative engagement based on the calendar date. Sometimes needing a piece of music for a specific purpose is a quick way to inspire composer to compose!
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