Write and revise a chorus that is memorable and connected to the overall theme of a song
This section will focus on the connection between the chorus and the theme of a song. It will guide students as they work on composing and/or revising a chorus which is memorable and connected to their song’s overall purpose and theme.
What is the function of a chorus in a song?
How can I write a chorus that captures my message and has an impact on my audience?
Show the Bandslam video again or remind students of the content. Point out that the Bandslam video begins by talking about the main idea of a song – suggesting that as a listener, you should think about what the songwriter is trying to tell you. A good way to do that is to pay attention to the chorus of a song. This will usually connect to the song’s overall message and purpose.
Demonstrate this for students by revisiting a song studied as a class, rereading the lyrics and discussing how the chorus is connected to the overall theme and message.
In partnerships or small groups, students reread lyrics they previously studied, this time specifically to consider how the chorus is connected to the overall message / meaning of the song.
As a class, discuss what various groups noticed about the role of the chorus in various songs.
Explain to students that one way to approach songwriting is to begin with a chorus, using the chorus as the foundation of the song overall.
Using the “Initial Song Brainstorm” you completed from the previous lesson, model how you would begin experimenting writing a chorus for your song.
Students continue working on song composition, focusing on writing or revising a chorus that has a message and is memorable.
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