I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. Even though we are e-learning for a couple weeks, welcome back!
As usual, please check the Google Classroom for your latest assignment. And, of course, if you don’t understand something, please feel free to ask. I’m more than happy to help. 🙂
4th and 5th Grade:
I would like to begin talking about song structure – the different parts of songs, and how they’re put together. How songs are arranged really depends on what type of music it is, but I would like to focus on kinds of song styles you’re all familiar with – pop, rock, and country.
There are 7 main types of parts in these kinds of songs. Intro, verse, pre-chorus, chorus, bridge, instrumental solo, and outro. Each of these parts are not in every single song, but they are in many. For instance, not all songs have a pre-chorus, and not all songs have a bridge, but many do.
What do these different parts mean?
Intro is just how the song starts, usually there aren’t any words, but sometime there are. A verse is usually a part in the song that has lots of lyrics (words), and the lyrics tend to change from one verse to the next. It is often the less-catchy part of the song. The pre-chorus (doesn’t always happen in songs) is the part that comes before the “main part” — it’s something that builds up to it. The chorus, also known as the “hook” or the “main part,” is often the part that gets stuck in your head, it’s the most memorable part of the song. A bridge (isn’t always present in songs) is a “different” part of the song that appears once, toward the end of the song, but not quite the end. Sometimes, but not always, there will also be an instrumental solo, where one instrument is the most noticeable, like a guitar — there usually aren’t any words, here. The instrumental solo can happen at any point in the song, but often toward the middle or end. The “outro” is just how the song ends — it may be the same as the chorus, though.
Here’s an example of the song structure of the familiar song “September.” Listen and follow along with the parts below.
6. Chorus (fade-out)
I would like you to choose one APPROPRIATE pop, rock, or country song, and list its song structure, like I did above. The answer does not have to be perfect, but tell me how you generally heard the parts flowing, from one to the next. You can email your answer to email@example.com by 1/11.
K through 3rd Grade:
Please visit Google Music Lab’s Song Maker, and spend some time making a musical creation that you’re happy with. Try different tempos, try different instruments. Try a sound that’s complex and busy, and also try creating something that’s maybe more simple and repetitive. Basically, explore all of the options of the program, and then once you love what you’ve made, click the “save” checkmark at the bottom-right of the screen, and copy the link. Then paste it into my email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please let me know if you have any questions. Have fun! 🙂