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Music Outside the LinesIdeas for Composing in K-12 Music Classrooms$
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Maud Hickey

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199826773

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199826773.001.0001

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Define, Listen, and Explore

Define, Listen, and Explore

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(p.40) 3 Define, Listen, and Explore
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Music Outside the Lines
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Maud Hickey

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199826773.003.0003

This chapter presents the first three stages of music composition. These include distinguishing music and music composition, providing listening activities, and focusing on music exploration. Music is defined as organized patterns of sounds and silences, created by a human composer, to be expressive; on the other hand, music composition is the process of organizing musical sounds into a logical, interesting, and meaningful form. Perceptive listening is the key to better musical understanding as well as more informed music composition skills. During listening activities, teachers may use music recordings, and what is called SCAMPER (Substitute, Combine, Adapt, Modify-Magnify-Minify, Put to other uses, Eliminate, Reverse-Rearrange). This is an activity that allows students to use their imaginations. After finishing listening activities, students are encouraged to explore the possibilities of the sounds they have perceived by introducing to them the musical vocabulary.

Keywords:   music composition, music, listening activities, perceptive listening, SCAMPER, musical vocabulary

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