Posts By: Brian Crisp

Improvising and Composing Lesson 3

Improvising and Composing with Familiar Rhythms, Drums, and Barred Instruments Lesson 3 There are four lessons in this series. Students will identify, compose, read, and perform 16-beat rhythms containing quarter notes, eighth notes, sixteenth notes, syncopation, and quarter rests. They will compose and perform melodies using Dorian mode, accompany themselves using a tonic drone bass,… Read more »

Improvising and Composing Lesson 2

Improvising and Composing with Familiar Rhythms, Drums, and Barred Instruments Introduction and Lesson 1 There are four lessons in this series. Students will identify, compose, read, and perform 16-beat rhythms containing quarter notes, eighth notes, sixteenth notes, syncopation, and quarter rests. They will compose and perform melodies using Dorian mode, accompany themselves using a tonic… Read more »

Improvising and Composing Lesson 1

Improvising and Composing with Familiar Rhythms, Drums, and Barred Instruments Introduction and Lesson 1 There are four lessons in this series. Students will identify, compose, read, and perform 16-beat rhythms containing quarter notes, eighth notes, sixteenth notes, syncopation, and quarter rests. They will compose and perform melodies using Dorian mode, accompany themselves using a tonic… Read more »

Exploring Our Roots, Expanding Our Future: Lesson 4

Exploring Our Roots, Expanding Our Future: Lesson 4 Since most of the elements in this particular part of the lesson have already been introduced, most of the time will be devoted to students constructing possibilities for the final form of the piece. Download the lesson here: Roots Lesson 4 Video Demonstration: