Making music

A school polyphony

    School sections
    • Pre-primary
    • Lower secondary school
    Educational subjects
    • Instrumental practice
    • Music, Rhythm and movement
    • Aural skills (Ear training)
    • Composition

Making music

The proposal originated from the implementation of a Musical Laboratory. The Comprehensive Institute of Vigasio, in the province of Verona, had access to a double funding within the scope of a special music project, exactly 20 years ago. Therefore, we had the possibility to fully equip a classroom with acoustic, digital and IT educational aids. The peculiarity of the project consisted in organizing classes made up of students of different ages: youngsters and children shared an experience in a favorable and welcoming environment. The nursery schools participating in the project were 5 (2 state schools and 3 state-controlled schools, groups made up of 5-year old students) combined with 5 lower secondary school classes. They all met in the laboratory during morning school-hours with a lower secondary school class. Each vertical group met three or four times during the academic year. At the end of the path, an event was organized in the school’s garden or at the indoor stadium inviting parents and the municipal administration.

Work tools

Learning environment equipped with various instruments.

A 120 square meter Musical Laboratory without desks was an element of novelty, something totally different following a freer educational methodology. Continuity, transversality and verticality were important elements, fundamental for the project. The musical laboratory allowed various schools of the territory to meet in network.

Resources used:

  • an IWB and a good quality sound system
  • Internet connection
  • digital multitrack recorder
  • musical writing software and arrangement software

Educational purposes

The skills, goals and training objectives selected by the teacher for this experience are shown below.

    • Interpretation
    • Analysis
    • Execution
    • Improvisation
    • Composition
    Reading and Writing
    • Use of conventional analogic music notation
    Lower secondary school
    • Understands and evaluates events, materials, and musical works recognising their meanings, also in relation to his/her own musical experience and the different historical/sociological context.
    • Actively participating in music experiences through the execution and the interpretation of vocal and instrumental music pieces belonging to different genres and cultures.
    • Capacity to conceive and create music and multimedia messages, also though improvisation or collective elaboration processes, using also IT tools, in critical confrontation with models belonging to the musical heritage
    Reading and Writing
    • Using different notation systems functional to reading, analysis and reproduction of pieces of music
    Myself and the others - Production
    • They can manage their first generalizations of the past, present and future and they are more and more independent in the space that is familiar to them, by progressively changing their voices and movements with respect to other children and in accordance with shared rules.
    Body and movement - Production
    • They can control their gestures; they can correctly evaluate risks and interact with other children with movement games, music, dancing, and other forms of expressive communication.
    Images, sounds, colours - Listening
    • They discover the space of sound through musical perception and production by using their voice, their body as well as various objects.
    Images, sounds, colours - Production
    • He/she experiments and combines basic musical elements, producing simple sound and music sequences
    Images, sounds, colours - Reading and Writing
    • He/she explores the first music alphabets using symbols of an informal notation to codify perceived sounds and reproduce them
    Words and speeches - Production
    • They recognise and experience language plurality
    World’s knowledge - Production
    • he/she follows correctly a path based on verbal indications
Educational targets

Lower secondary school

The students learned how to:
- recognize and develop their rhythmic and melodic skills
- perform in an expressive way vocal and instrumental pieces, both collectively and individually
- improvise and reformulate simple vocal and instrumental pieces, using both open structures and simple rhythmic-melodic schemes
- work in group, and share musical ideas

Nursery school

The students learned how to:
- explore the initial musical alphabets, using symbols in order to code and reproduce the sounds heard
- discover the sonorous landscape through activities that allowed to listen to and identify noises, sounds of the environment and of the body
- recognize various musical instruments and their sounds
- represent graphically sounds, noises and silence


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