BELAH SUN WOMAN

Post-Commissioned by ABODAQ for Australian National Band& Orchestra's Conference 2012. Published by GIA Music Publications Inc. Grade 1 progressing to Grade 2 thru 5 movts. 

I

Belah Sun Woman

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see lesson sample

II

In the beginning

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see the score

III

Kundu, Lizard Man

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see the score

IV

The Battle

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see the score

V

Light the Earth

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see the score

Where do I buy it?

Belah Sun Woman is a "project piece"?

*5 movements of music

Each one is more challenging for you and your students!

*Creative teaching strategies

Standard lesson plan format - easy to follow. You can't go wrong!

*DVD to show.you.how.

This is me working with middle-schoolers - we bring the lesson plans to life.

*Conducting workshop with Craig Kirchhoff

Want to be a better conductor? See a sample of Kirchhoff gold here

'Off the Podium' teaching tools (as promised!)

Movement 1: Belah Sun Woman

DVD trailer (as above)

ERRATA

Movement 2: In the beginning

DVD trailer

Audio tools for teachers

PART 1:Texture

           Memphis Soul Stew

Silent tracks to download FREE! for your teaching playlist

Helping hands: Optional parts

Movement 3: Kundu, Lizard man

DVD trailer

Audio tools for teachers

PART 1: Moving in Mirrors

PART 3: Melodic Shape 

     Aquarium (Saint-Saens)

 

 

                   

                   Peter & the Wolf (Prokofiev)

Composition Activity

Inspiration for your students

Photograph taken by Cindy Lane

BLUE

TONGUE

LIZARD

PETER & THE WOLF

BUTTERFLYS

Make your own instruments - Inspire your students

Teach your students about the basic physics of sound by making instruments that sound like Joia Tubes!! FUN!! AND you can use all that left over pipe you purchased to make whirlies in my piece Whirlwind

 

The instruments are called 'J-pipes' and information can be found in 'Make your own wacky instruments' created by Australian inventor and music educator, Jon Madin. Click the book below for a preview and to learn more about Jon & his incredible instruments!

Stockists:

USA: Beatin' Path publications

AUSTRALIA: Marimba Music (Jon Madin's website)

INTERNATIONAL: VOSA

 

Movement 4: The Battle

DVD trailer

Inspiration & information

SUPERBALL MALLETS ON

TIMPANI

At measure 10-21, the percussion sounds are to emulate Belah's campfire. Listen below for ideas...

Movement 5: Light the Earth

DVD trailer

How would you feel,

seeing the Sun rise for the first time?

Mt. Buffalo

Australia

São Paulo

Brazil

Lake St. Clair

Grosse Pointe, Michigan

USA

SHOWING RESPECT & SENSITIVITY

When learning this piece, I strongly encourage you to work alongside the First People of the land in which you live in order to help foster positive relationships between your school and the local Indigenous comunity. 

 

Please read "COLLABORATING WITH YOUR LOCAL INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY" to understand how you can use Belah Sun Woman to achieve this.

I first read the story of 'Belah, Sun Woman' in the text Gadi Mirabooka as edited by Helen McKay. 

 

This book harnesses important information and stories as passed down through some of the indigenous communities within Australia.

 

Francis Firebrace has graciously granted permission to use his words as documented in this text. 'Belah Sun Woman' tells the story of the birth of day and night. Should you wish to contact Francis or want to read his other published works, such as the children's book 'Stories from the billabong' find him on Facebook.

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