• 4th Grade Animal Project-Guided Musical Composition Chant/Rap (April 6-10 & 13-17) This Project can be worked on over the next 2 weeks-just like your animal project for your classroom teacher

    You have worked very hard this year learning to read, clap and speak musical rhythms. Now, you are going to use your skills to compose/create your own rhythmic chant/rap with facts about the animal you selected for your project.  You will also get to make a sound (audio) or video recording of yourself performing it.

    1. Listen to the 2 examples I made about my animal, the armadillo. (Armadillo 1 & Armadillo 2)
    2. Choose 3-4 facts about YOUR animal that you would like to include.
    3. Write them down on a piece of paper (leave some space between each one to make changes). These do not have to be complete sentences. Short phrases sometimes work best. For example, I could say “They live in the jun-gle.” or “jun-gle (rest) hab-I-tat."
    4. Make sure you use the name of your animal someplace in your composition.
    5. Practice speaking each one with a rhythm (like you were reading Dr. Seuss aloud). It is ok for you to read one syllable on each beat, to leave space (like a rest in music) or to stretch the syllables.  Parts can go faster or slower-it's your choice, it’s YOUR composition. 
    6. Edit and make changes to your facts/phrases. You can make the lines rhyme if you want to.  My first recorded example has rhyming but my second one does not.
    7. Decide what order works best for your facts and number them. Then practice your fluency going from one line to the next. Practice making your voice sound interesting as you speak/chant.
    8. Listen to the different backbeats. Pick one you like and try speaking your whole composition (like my examples) with the beat. It is ok to wait between each of your lines if it helps. 
    9. When you feel confident, test record yourself and listen back. Edit and make changes if you need to or change the backbeat if you need to. Be creative and have fun with it. You can even involve other family members.
    10. When you are happy with it, make a final recording and send it to your classroom teacher.