Music GCSE: Notation and melodic movement
How do you write down a melody? In this short film Howard Goodall gives an introduction to early notation and how music was first written down.
He looks at the Winchester Troper and Guido of Arezzo and shows how pop acts like Bruno Mars still use notation methods that were developed hundreds of years ago.
This short film is from the BBC series, Howard Goodall's Story of Music.
Ask your class to think about how music is written. Does it have to be done with notes on staves?
Explore alternative scores made by modern composers such as Cardew, Cage and Feldman, who add graphical content to standard scores.
This short film will be useful for teaching music, particularly in the areas of music history, notation, composition, music theory and understanding styles.