Music: Student Learning – 'African Drumming' unit.

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There are a number of unique learning opportunities for students in this Music Arts-POP. Throughout the sequence of lessons, students:

  • select and organise music ideas to create their own music
  • play music from Australia, Asia and other world cultures to explore expressive possibilities and apply stylistic features
  • record and share the music they sing, play and create in a variety of written and non-written ways, including recording ideas with symbols, notation and available technology
  • express preferences, and appreciate and respect the ideas of others as performers and audience members
  • reflect upon, evaluate and share opinions, thoughts and feelings about the range of music they listen to and make, giving and receiving feedback to make choices about and improve their own and each other's compositions and performances.

The package also addressed four Australian Curriculum general capabilities:

  • Information and communication technology (ICT) through recording, sharing and sampling musical performance and compositions, activities that also link directly to the media arts as a secondary art form and the digital technologies area of learning
  • Intercultural understanding (ICU) through the study of other world cultures and music (African drumming)
  • Critical and creative thinking (CCT) through opportunities to critically respond to performance and compositions, as well as invent notations systems and compose and perform their own two-bar ostinatos
  • Personal and social capability (PSC) by both giving and receiving positive and constructive feedback in a way that respects the opinions, preferences and feelings of others.

As described in the Implementation section, students were observed and assessed against the ACARA achievement standards for music. Throughout this package, students rehearsed and performed songs with a focus upon other world cultures (in this case, Africa). Students combined and recorded sounds and silence to create compositions. These compositions were documented through recording technology and basic music notation systems.

The Student Learning video on this page provides a visual reference that documents a number of lessons, as well as analysis of significant moments of student learning and learning outcomes. The video also demonstrates whole-group ensemble performances, small group activities, the use of technology and students' opportunities to work individually and/or with a peer. The video aims to capture the extent and depth of students' interest, enthusiasm and active engagement throughout the package. This level of engagement proves that music 'has the capacity to engage, inspire and enrich all students, exciting the imagination and encouraging students to reach their creative and expressive potential' (Australian Curriculum: The Arts p.91).

Student samples

Included in this package are a number of student samples: web quest, notation systems and recorded compositions. These samples reflect engagement, learning outcomes and attainment of the achievement standards.

This project is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.