Composing radio jingles

Learning Intentions

  • We are learning to play simple chord sequences.
  • We are learning to improvise and compose a melody over a short chord sequence.
  • We are learning to explore the role of music in supporting other forms of communication.

What to look for

  • Pupils using given chord sequences
  • Pupils improvising a melody over a chord sequence
  • Pupils being aware of the concept of concord
  • Pupils suggesting known jingles and radio slogans
  • Pupils composing a melody for a jingle

Learning Activities

Have each pupil learn to play two or more of the chord sequences outlined on the pupil worksheet.

Put the pupils into groups of three and ask them to select one of the four chord sequences they have learned from the worksheets:

  • C – D minor;
  • G – F;
  • C – F; or
  • C – G.

Set a group task: one pupil should play the chord sequence while another provides a percussive accompaniment and the final group member improvises a melody.

Make sure that each member of the group gets an opportunity to improvise.

Draw their attention to the fact that particular melody notes sound ‘right’ with each chord.

In groups of about five, set the pupils the task of inventing a local radio station with an appropriate name and slogan, for example ‘Fab FM: fab, not drab’. Elicit their suggestions.

Ask the pupils to list and consider well known jingles.

Develop the radio theme by having them select a chord sequence and compose a melody. Tell them that this composition should be a ‘jingle’ that they could broadcast throughout the day on their radio station.