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Junior Activity Week 

Learning Intentions

  • We are learning to compose a fanfare using the G major triad.
  • We are learning to develop an understanding of pitch and texture.


What to look for

  • Pupils performing fanfares based on the G major triad
  • Pupils composing their own fanfares using notation and the G major triad
  • Pupils notate their composition using iPads and Notateme Now app.
  • Pupils evaluating their own fanfares
  • Pupils discussing and identifying changes within fanfares
  • Pupils extending their original fanfares

Learning Activities

  • performing fanfares; and
  • G major triad.

Students will compose and notate (Notateme Now - app, Sibelius - software) their own fanfares using the same three notes.

Students will perform record and appraise their fanfares.

 Class discussion:   How does a fanfare avoid becoming boring and keep a sense of moving forward?


The Trumpet shall sound

Fanfare from the William Tell Overture

Fanfare for the Common Man

How does the composer use texture to create interest and extend the music?

  • Overture to William Tell uses imitation; and
  • Fanfare for the Common Man uses parallel parts.

What other ways could the composer add textural interest to their own fanfares, for example:

  • ostinato on a single note; or
  • by using a fragment of the melody as a repeated motif.



Assessment Task - Composition
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