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Exploring Textures and Rhythms
Saharan Sounds Scheme of Work and Lesson Pathways
Saharan Sounds Scheme of Work and Lesson Pathways
Saharan Sounds Scheme of Work and Lesson Pathways
Saharan Sounds Scheme of Work and Lesson Pathways
Saharan Sounds Scheme of Work and Lesson Pathways
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Saharan Sounds Knowledge Organiser
Saharan Sounds Knowledge Organiser
Saharan Sounds Knowledge Organiser
Saharan Sounds Music Theory
Saharan Sounds Music Theory - Membranophones, Idiophones, Aerophones & Chordophones Classification of African and other musical instruments according to sound production methods. Includes answers
Saharan Sounds Music Theory - Membranophones, Idiophones, Aerophones & Chordophones Classification of African and other musical instruments according to sound production methods. Includes answers
Saharan Sounds Music Theory - Membranophones, Idiophones, Aerophones & Chordophones Classification of African and other musical instruments according to sound production methods. Includes answers
Saharan Sounds DOITNOW Presentation
Saharan Sounds DOITNOW Presentation
Saharan Sounds DOITNOW Presentation
Saharan Sounds Plenary Review Activities
Saharan Sounds Plenary Review Activities Presentation
Saharan Sounds - General Resources
African Drum Performance Techniques  Demonstrates the Bass, Tone and Slap Sounds and gives 3 blank drumheads for pupils to draw the correct hand positioning.
African Drum Performance Techniques  Demonstrates the Bass, Tone and Slap Sounds and gives 3 blank drumheads for pupils to draw the correct hand positioning.
African Drum Performance Techniques  Demonstrates the Bass, Tone and Slap Sounds and gives 3 blank drumheads for pupils to draw the correct hand positioning.
African Call and Response Rhythms A series of “Calls” and a given “Response” including opportunities for listening, improvising, composing and recording using rhythm grid notation.  Includes Teacher’s Notes
African Call and Response Rhythms A series of “Calls” and a given “Response” including opportunities for listening, improvising, composing and recording using rhythm grid notation.  Includes Teacher’s Notes
African Call and Response Rhythms Listening Audio File
African Call and Response MIDI 1 - Response Rhythm repeated 4 times
Composing an African-inspired Piece Includes staged composition process together with a possible assessment and evaluation sheet.
Composing an African-inspired Piece Includes staged composition process together with a possible assessment and evaluation sheet.
Saharan Sounds Assessment End of unit assessment task assessing skills, knowledge and understanding.  Includes answers.
Saharan Sounds Assessment End of unit assessment task assessing skills, knowledge and understanding.  Includes answers.
Saharan Sounds Assessment Audio File
African Musical Instruments  African Musical instrument identification and classification
African Musical Instruments  African Musical instrument identification and classification
True/False Listening to “Yiri” by Koko True or False listening quiz.  Contains answers
True/False Listening to “Yiri” by Koko True or False listening quiz.  Contains answers
"Yiri" - Koko Video File
The Hatsiatsia Performing the Hatsiatsia rhythms and composing own rhythms using rhythm grid notation
The Hatsiatsia Video "in action"
Saharan Sounds - Performing Resources
“Sun Over the Sahara” - A Polyrhythmic Piece for African Drums  Given in Rhythm Grid Notation using Bass, Tone and Slap sounds and with Teacher’s Notes.
MIDI 1 - Duns Bass Part A (with metronome click) - repeated 8 times
MIDI 2 - Duns Bass Part A (without metronome) - repeated 8 times
MIDI 3 - Duns Bass Part B (with metronome click) - repeated 8 times
MIDI 4 - Duns Bass Part B (without metronome) - repeated 8 times
MIDI 5 Duns Parts A & B (with metronome click) - repeated 8 times
MIDI 6 - Duns Parts A & B (without metronome click) - repeated 8 times 
MIDI 7 - Djembe Part (with metronome click) - repeated 8 times
MIDI8 - Djembe Part (without metronome click) - repeated 8 times
MIDI 9 - Duns Parts A & B & Djembe Part (with metronome click) - repeated 8 times
MIDI 10 - Duns Parts A & B & Djembe Part (without metronome click) - repeated 8 times
“Rhythms of Africa” - Performing Sheets  Using the rhythms of six African countries given in Rhythm Grid Notation and using Bass, Tone and Slap sounds and with Teacher’s Notes.
 ROAMIDI 1 - Madagascar Rhythm
ROAMIDI 5 - Egypt Rhythm
ROAMIDI 2 - Chad Rhythm
ROAMIDI 6 - Tanzania Rhythm
ROAMIDI 3 - Ethiopia Rhythm
ROAMIDI 4 - Algeria Rhythm
ROAMIDI 7 - 6 African Rhythms added one by one
“I Want a Cup of Tea!” A great Call and Response and Syncopated warm-up to introduce offbeat rhythms!
Audio - “I Want a Cup of Tea!” modelled with and without a regular pulse/beat
Three African Call and Response Songs “Owe Nsawila”, “Byown” and “Na Ya La Mu”
Songs MIDI 1 - Owe Nsawila song melody
Songs MIDI 2 - Byowa song melody
Songs MIDI 3 - Na ya la mu song melody
“Wimoweh” - Song Sheet, Performing Sheets and Evaluation Sheet  Song Sheet with Vocal Riffs, Performing Sheet (melody line with note names, chords and bass line and percussion rhythms) and Evaluation Sheet together with Teacher’s Notes.
Wimoweh Audio 1 - Song Example
Wimoweh Audio 2—Wimoweh melody with and without Syncopation
Wimoweh Audio 3 - Wimoweh (alternative version)
Wimoweh MIDI 1—Verse & Chorus Song Melody
Wimoweh MIDI 2—Verse & Chorus Song Melody with metronome click
Tumba (African Chant)  3-part Vocal Traditional African Chant
Songs MIDI 10 - Tumba Part 1
 Songs MIDI 11 - Tumba Part 2
Songs MIDI 12 - Tumba Part 3
Songs MIDI 13 - Tumba - All 3 parts together
Six African Songs “Miawoe Gbona Afega Me”, Atia De Menye”, “A-B-C-D (Kpanlogo Song)”, “De Oyo Dio”, “Tuu-Tuu Gbovi” and “Abang”
Songs MIDI 4 - Miawoe gbona afega me (song melody)
Songs MIDI 5 - Atia de menye (song melody)
Songs MIDI 6 - A-B-C-D (Kpanlogo song) (song melody)
Songs MIDI 7 - De oyo dio (song melody)
Songs MIDI 8 - Tuu-tuu gbovi (song melody)
Songs MIDI 9 - Abang (song melody)
Saharan Sounds - 5 Minutes Reading Tasks and Cover and Homework Activities
The Music of Africa, African Musical Instruments, African Vocal Music & African Drumming
The Music of Africa, African Musical Instruments, African Vocal Music & African Drumming
The Music of Africa, African Musical Instruments, African Vocal Music & African Drumming
African Music Comprehension Comprehension Questions on African Music. Can be done without ICT.
African Music Comprehension Comprehension Questions on African Music. Can be done without ICT.
African Music Activity Sheet Assorted activities on African Music. Can be done without ICT.
African Music Activity Sheet Assorted activities on African Music. Can be done without ICT.
Saharan Sounds - Forms Quiz (available via the Shop & Add-On Extras page)
Saharan Sounds Form Quiz
Saharan Sounds Form Quiz

Saharan Sounds (Exploring Textures and Rhythms) unit is supported by a Forms Quiz (in both MS-Forms and Google Forms format) available as part of the Secondary/KS3 Year 8 Units Quiz Bundle from the Musical Contexts Shop & Add-On Extras page.

The multiple choice quiz is self-marking and worth 25 points and covers Knowledge and Understanding (Part A) and has a Critical Engagement: Listening and Appraising section (Part B) with listening questions linked to YouTube videos.