Music Maze is a set of composing resources, each taking a different piece of contemporary classical music repertoire as their starting point. The idea is not to recreate the original piece or a poor imitation but to use the composing strategies and processes of the composer and the piece as a way of supporting young people’s own composing. The repertoire selected presents different approaches to composing and in all cases recordings are available. Sometimes the goal is individual compositions, sometimes small group and sometimes whole group. Traditional notation is occasionally used as well as non-traditional notation but mainly to aid memory or to facilitate sharing and revisiting. Originally created as day long workshops for up to thirty mixed ability children aged 8-11, the resources can be used as a sequence of lessons and be used up to KS5.
Created by Nancy Evans, BCMG Director of Learning and composer, Liz Johnson
In this resource the young people will take each of the seven episodes of These Particular Circumstances by Sean Shepherd and create their own music responses to each one (Circling, Spinning, Floating, Grinding, Sinking, Teetering, Soaring).
In this resource the children will parallel some of Messiaen’s composing processes: listening and transcribing bird song; varying and orchestrating them; learning and using Greek and Hindu rhythmic patterns; structuring the different musical material generated.
In this resource the children will create distinct and characterful musical gestures inspired by different clouds and then transform them through thinking analogously how clouds change over time. They will then organise these ideas and their transformations into a longer solo or group piece.