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Teresa Fraraccio

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Exploring the Power of Ostinato - Repetition in Music

1. Neuro scientists have proven that the human brain is wired to listen for, and lock into, repeated patterns! Think about music you have listened to that has a repeated rhythm. For example, the taa taa taa taaaa of Beethoven's "Symphony No 5" or the catchy: stomp stomp clap, stomp stomp clap beat behind Queen's "We Will Rock You" If music is - 'organised sound that communicates a feeling or message and contains essential elements like beat, rhythm, melody, dynamics, etc then an essential part of that organisation is repetition! A constantly repeated rhythm or melody pattern in music is called an 'ostinato'- sometimes called a 'riff' or even 'earworm'! 2. Watch the video below. 3. Explore making up your own original ostinato. Use short and long beats to create the rhythm. Keep it simple. Make it catchy! 4. Tap mic and record yourself clapping/stomping/or drumming out your original ostinato. Why did you choose this combination of long and short beats? What style of music would it suit? 5 Tap :text: and show me what the ostinato rhythm looks like in taa's and ti-ti symbols.

5th Grade, 4th Grade, 6th Grade, Music
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