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From Magpies to Messiaen: Birds in Music

Part III -Bird Song as Compositional Material

Before working with recordings of bird calls, students work on various aspects of music theory and aural skills in the first part of this project. The knowledge and skills developed in this part of the lesson will provide students with the ability to hear and understand melody or melodic fragments from a new perspective. This page will review material covered in class and provide additional resources as well.

Topics covered in this part of the lesson:

- How to transcribe Birdsong into pitches

- Developing a way to notate rhythm

 

   
Transcribing Birdsong into pitches:  

Step 1 - listen to various birdcalls at the following websites:

As you listen keep track of the birdsongs/calls you like:

Site 1 - North American Birds (copyright protected
Site 2 - New York State Birds (copyright protected)
Site 3 - Native to eastern and central North America (copyright protected)
Site 4 - Australlian Birds
 

Choose 5 birdsongs to use as material for your composition.

At least two of them must come from naturesongs.com

(Note- Most all of the birdsongs located on these pages are copyright protected. Only birdsongs located at naturesongs.com will be allowed to be used as actual recordings in your compositions as permission has been granted by the owner.)

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