Music at School



Sing a song!

What a great article I’ve found today from The University of Oxford about singing. Here’s some quotes:

The physiological benefits of singing, and music more generally, have long been explored. Music making exercises the brain as well as the body, but singing is particularly beneficial for improving breathing, posture and muscle tension. Listening to and participating in music has been shown to be effective in pain relief, too, probably due to the release of neurochemicals such as β-endorphin (a natural painkiller responsible for the “high” experienced after intense exercise).

Singing has also been shown to improve our sense of happiness and wellbeing.

So why not join a choir? We have four choirs for your to get involved in that run on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. So why not come along and join in!

Fusion example

Here is an example of some fusion music:


Club Dance Music Overview

here is another chart giving an overview of club dance music

Club Dance Influences

This is a chart showing the major influences on different types of club dances styles.

Club Dance timeline

Classical Struture: Ternary

Open this file: les-hommes

It is the melody from a piece of Mozart. You’ll see that bars 1-4 (up to the double bar line) is section A. After the double bar line starts a new section for four bars. After that in bar 9 section A is repeated but an octave higher.

With the repeat marks at bar 4 you might write the structure like this:

AABABA – (without the repeat marks it would like this: ABA). This makes the structure Ternary.

Romantic Overview

Here is an overview of music in the Romantic Period: (click image)

Why not try to create your own mind map with essential information?

Classical Overview

Click on the picture below to give you an overview of music in the classical period

Why not try and create your own mind map of essential information?

Minimalist Composing Techniques

There are several techniques that composer employ to create minimalist music:

  1. Augmentation – this is where the not values are doubled in length i.e. a crochet becomes a minim
  2. Diminution – the opposite of augmentation
  3. Phase shift – when the composer is using audio clips they will split the signal between left and right channels. They will then speed up one of those channels to create a looping effect
  4. Addition – a composer will add notes one of two at a time to build up to a motif.
  5. Subtraction – the opposite of addition
  6. Melodic transformation – gradually changing from one motif to another by way of small changes i.e. you could replace a C for a C# and then a D
  7. Rhythmic Displacement – a composer will move a rhythm by a certain number of beats (inserting a rest at the beginning and then shifting the rhythm on by a beat)
  8. Use of polyrhythms – polyrhythms are many rhthms, layered overr each other that create singular rhythm

Here is an example of melodic transformation:

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