Small assignment: Super ball
Use one or more super balls to illustrate the concept of free-pulsative music and how it is notated.
Goal and output
Introduction to free-pulsative music through a practical example.
Learning how to notate a rhythm not based on a pulse.
Free-pulsative pieces, clapped or played on an instrument (and notated if desired).
Notated piece for super balls.
- Drop one super ball on the floor and let it bounce.
- Analyse the rhythm it created. Clap or play the rhythm. Initially, you may use the ball as the 'conductor', i.e. having the students perform the rhythm together with the bouncing ball.
- Perform the rhythm backwards.
- Think about how this rhythm could be notated (e.g. increasingly densely spaced notes under one beam on a timeline, or beamed notes with beams fanning out).
- Try bouncing two or more balls at different speeds. Notate the rhythm generated.
- You may also collectively create and notate a piece for super balls!
Topics in the assignment
Detailed description of tools
You need one or more super balls; if there are several, they may be of different sizes.
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