The small group composition project allows students to practice their instrument with the support and help of their peers as well as lots of opportunities to try out different fingerings and pitches as they work together to come up with a melody. The opportunity to play solo within a small group helps students to hear what they play - not always possible when the whole class plays together. Having auditory feedback is so important to helping students to adjust their playing so that they sound like what they think or want to sound like! Playing in a small peer group also feels safer to many students and is a great way to build confidence.
In the photos below students are using word cards of varying syllables, therefore rhythms to come up with a four measure blues song. I can't wait to hear the finished products when we come back from winter break!