Exploring ways to develop musical ideas
Variations Scheme of Work and Lesson Pathways
Key Words, Concepts, Musical Knowledge and Theory
Melody, Theme, Variation, Variation Form, Augmentation, Diminution, Canon/Round, Ground Bass, Inversion, Retrograde, Retrograde Inversion, Pedal (Pedal Note, Pedal Point), Drone, Melodic Decoration, Ostinato, Tonality, Major, Minor.
Variations Knowledge Organiser
The Variations Lucky Dip Machine
Variations DOITNOW Presentation
Variations Plenary Review Activities
Variations - Variation Techniques Progressive Case Studies Resources
These themes can be worked through progressively over a number of lessons or ‘mixed and matched’ to provide variety when exploring different variation techniques.
Frere Jacques Theme
(single line melody - C Major)
Theme from "Faded" - Alan Walker
(2-part melody and accompaniment - E minor)
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star Theme
(single line melody and chord I, IV and V markings - F Major)
Stage 1: Changing and Adding
Changing: pitch (octave, timbre and sonority, articulation, tempo, dynamics, rhythm.
Adding: pedal, drone, ostinato, rhythm, decoration (passing notes).
Stage 2: Augmentation, Diminution, Canon/Round and Counter Melody
Stage 3: Changes in Tonality
Major to minor, Scales, Semitones.
(There is no resource for this as the theme is in a minor key)
Stage 4: Advanced Variation Techniques
Retrograde, Inversion, Retrograde Inversion
Variations - Critical Engagement (Listening and Appraising) Resources
Variations - Media Theme and Variations Extended Project Resources
Variations - Ground Bass Variations Resources
Variations - Cover and Homework Activities
Variations - Forms Quizzes (available via the Shop & Add-On Extras page)
Variations (Exploring ways to develop musical ideas) unit is supported by TWO Forms Quizzes (in both MS-Forms and Google Forms formats) available as part of the Secondary/KS3 Year 8 Units Quiz Bundle from the Musical Contexts Shop & Add-On Extras page.
Each multiple choice quiz is self-marking and worth 25 points and cover Knowledge and Understanding (Part A) and have a Critical Engagement: Listening and Appraising section (Part B) with listening questions linked to YouTube videos.