Four approx. 15 minute activities (one for each year group in KS2) based on music from the Renaissance Era.
Focus: Renaissance composers; instruments; song types; performance venues; virtuoso performers; texture types.
This is a series of lessons teaching students the basics of the patterns beatmaker in Soundtrap. N.B. you will need a Soundtrap Education Subscription to use this with your students. This scheme of work was originally used for online learning but can be adapted to in person.
Lesson 1 - Beatmaker Basics!
To set up a Soundtrap for Education account
To know what the Patterns Beatmaker is
To know what a bar is and how the Patterns Beatmaker is laid out into bars and smaller beat divisions
To understand how beats in popular music are usually counted in groups of 4 beats called bars
Lesson 2 - Pop Back Beats!
To understand how the word beat is used in a variety of contexts and what other musical vocabulary can be used (instrumental, tempo, pulse, rhythm and BPM)
To know what a backbeat is and understand that it is typically used in pop and rock music
To be able to create a backbeat using the Patterns Beatmaker
Lesson 3 - Drill Beats!
To know that drill music typically uses: a fast tempo of usually 140bpm; an 808 Bass; and an off-beat hi-hat drum pattern.
To be able to create a typical drill beat using the Patterns Beatmaker
To know what a loop is
To be able to play the synth in Soundtrap
Lesson 4 - Afrobeats!
To know and be able to identify the typical rhythmic features of Afrobeats music
To be able to create a typical Afrobeats beat using the Patterns Beatmaker
Lesson 5 - Trap Beats!
To know and be able to identify the typical rhythmic features of Trap music
To be able to create a typical Trap beat using the Patterns Beatmaker