There are 4 sections in this assignment.
Parts 1, 2 & 3 will use the World Wide Web to research the genre of MINIMALISM. You will learn about MININMALISM in MUSIC from the viewpoint of the researcher and the listener. Each of these parts will have a short written component. Download the "Written Part" for the WebQuest below from the RESOURCES tab. You can either print this out and handwrite your answers on it to hand in, or you can download this document and type your answers. You may print it out or email your electronic copy.
Part 4 will let you tap into your creative resources as a COMPOSER. Using your knowledge of MINIMALISM and your experience with FINALE, you will create your own composition written using Finale music notation software in class. You will print out your composition for me to grade, and you will save a copy to your "personal" file to play at a special party in class at the end of the unit. (YAY! Partay!)
The 4 sections to the WebQuest are:
1. Research and define, "What is Minimalism"? (10 points)
2. Explore two musical examples of minimalism: (20 points)
a. Explore the piece, Clapping Music, by Steve Reich by listening to/watching the YouTube recording and downloading the score attached.
b. Explore the piece, Knee Play 1, by Phillip Glass from his opera, Einstein on the Beach, by listening to/watching the YouTube video.
3. Musical Analysis of Examples: (30 points) Provide an analysis of both pieces and how they are considered "minimalist" in form. Be prepared to discuss the elements of music we have learned about in this class (rhythm, harmony, melody) as they are used in these compositions.
4. Compose Your Own Piece: (40 points) You will then get your CREATIVITY ON by composing your own piece in the minimalist style using Finale music notation software and playing it for the class.
EXTRA CREDIT: You can earn up to 10 points extra credit by taking the quiz at the end of the WebQuest!