The educational path consisted in asking the students to choose a piece, possibly among those present in the anthological part of their coursebook. They then had to perform it individually or in couple within the context of a simulation of the Sanremo Music Festival. The pieces performed were briefly introduced by their classmates. A jury was even composed by several students, who evaluated the performances on the basis of pre-established criteria. Moreover, a playbill of the event was realized through the use of technologies. The path also led the students to listen to the songs of the Sanremo Music Festival and analyze them through worksheets provided by the teacher. Finally, the brief introductions to each piece constituted an opportunity to provide a historical-cultural background of the Italian song repertoire. The audience was composed of representatives of the primary school, who voted their favorite contestant.
In order to develop the path, it is necessary to have music players (computers, CD players, iPods, etc.) and the musical instruments normally used for educational activities. It is also necessary to provide the students with analysis and listening worksheets related to the songs of Sanremo, as well as various sources such as books, magazines, the Internet, so that they can search for information on the pieces, lyrics and scores. For the final performance, it is necessary to be equipped with: loudspeakers, a microphone, a mixer, a keyboard, a PC and CDs with backing tracks. In order to realize the project, it is also necessary for each member of the jury to be provided with evaluation sheets, and to realize certificates to be distributed to the winners of the first prize, of the critics’ prize and that of the popular jury.
The skills, goals and training objectives selected by the teacher for this experience are shown below.
The students learned how to:
- decode and use traditional notation
- develop their sense of rhythm and melody
- use vocal and/or instrumental techniques in an expressive way for a correct performance
- listen to and analyze musical pieces
- recognize the musical genre of a song
- understand that the function of music is to communicate emotions and messages