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Sounds of their creation in B'ville

Durgee seventh-graders create original music compositions

Thomas McKee, left, George Kresovich, center, and Jose Gomez, seventh-graders at Ray Middle School, use a virtual keyboard on the class SMART Board to play an original song they composed.

Thomas McKee, left, George Kresovich, center, and Jose Gomez, seventh-graders at Ray Middle School, use a virtual keyboard on the class SMART Board to play an original song they composed. Kelly Cary

— In September, seventh-graders at Ray Middle School created original music compositions in their classes with music teacher Tammy Williams.

Students learned about the different notes on the keys of a piano and numbered the keys. Working in groups, they figured out which numbered keys corresponded with the last four digits of their phone numbers. After listening to these notes, the groups determined which order they sounded best in to create what Williams calls keyboard phone number compositions.

Williams infused technology into the music lesson by having the groups practice their songs on a virtual keyboard on the classroom’s SMART Board before performing the compositions for the whole class. The seventh-graders then evaluated and discussed each composition.

Williams said the project raised her students’ awareness of their ability to create music from anything while reinforcing their improvisational and analytical abilities.

Kelly Cary is the school information officer for the Baldwinsville Central School District.

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