Smith, Angus and Williams, John D: Let’s Make Medieval Music: Teacher’s Book/CD
Classroom projects and performance materials for National Curriculum Key Stage 3 Music.
Teacher’s Book with photocopiable class worksheets and an Enhanced CD containing backing tracks, musical examples and MIDI files.
Let’s Make Medieval Music
Following on from the runaway success of Let’s Make Tudor Music, Let’s Make Medieval Music is a highly flexible source of classroom teaching materials, based uniquely in the repertoire of music from the Middle Ages. Created to fulfil many of the National Curriculum Key Stage 3 requirements (and including much material suitable for Key Stage 2 as well), it draws upon the untapped potential of this immensely fruitful period to provide an exciting and original new teaching resource.
Photocopiable worksheets offer an unrivalled selection of topics, which are presented contextually and with the focus on relating medieval life and music to the 21st century. There are also scores and parts for transposing instruments of eight actual medieval pieces — including Sumer is icumen in and Dies irae – arranged for classroom ensembles. They are supported by colourful and fully realised performances from leading early music players on an enhanced CD, which includes ten MIDI files and many other recorded music examples, included with the book.
Subjects explored by the distinguished authors, Angus Smith of the Orlando Consort and John D. Williams, Deputy Director of Music at Wells Cathedral School, include plainchant, medieval compositional methods such as organum and the rhythmic modes, monastic life, medieval dance, pilgrimage and troubadours. An ‘at-a-glance’ table locates themes and programmes of study requirements, and an inclusive list of materials provides an instant guide to the books many resources.