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Program Description
Students will create their own graphic scores – a non-traditional form of music notation that uses images to express musical sounds. Students will learn about the history of graphic scores, and how to create and interpret graphic scores individually and with their peers. Students will be guided in creating pieces that tell a story, then students will be asked to perform their pieces with body percussion and non-traditional instruments such as flower pots and spoons! The music that students will be creating will be atmospheric, improvisatory, and unique – honing into their creative potential from both a visual and performing arts standpoint. Through this lesson, students will experience the process of collaborating on a creative project with others.

Final Product
Students will create a physical graphic score(s) and a performance of the piece(s) that they created.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will define and discuss the the history of graphic scores.
  • Students will create their own graphic scores.
  • Students will interpret graphic scores as a unique form of text.
  • Students will collaborate with their peers on a creative art form.
  • Students will describe their own artist’s reasoning for designing a graphic score in a specific way.

Suggested Grades

  • Best suited for K-5th grades.
  • Can be modified for other grade levels.

Pricing Breakdown

  • 4 visits at 45 minutes each
  • Prep hours: 2 hours per classroom
  • Materials: $50 per residency
  • Travel from Eugene