Final Project: The Bass Clarinet


Taskstream Unit – Link to my Taskstream Unit

Lesson 1  – History

Lesson 2  – Literature

Lesson 3  – How to play

Wix Page  – Website dedicated to this unit.

Overview of the Unit – Overview – has links to whats listed above and all the resources used in the entire unit.

Musescore – Super Mario Bros 2

Musescore – Lord of the Rings medley

Musescore – “Sarabande”


My Wix Page!/Looping


The Bass Clarinet – Link to my Wix page over the bass clarinet.


LOOPING – Link to Dr. Barber’s post on Looping and Remind 101. She has a link to a YouTube video of Jimmy Fallon and Billy Joel uses Loopy live on Jimmy Fallon’s TV show. They give their own spin to “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.”

Loopy can be downloaded on any apple technology. It does cost money though. Loopyapp – Link to the website.

  • Loopy can be used in the classroom setting because students could record themselves playing one part and play it back. They then could record the next line over what they’ve already recorded.  Now they’ve recorded a duet!
  • Wimp.Com – This is a link to a trombone player looping “Happy”with Ableton Live. This could also be used in the classroom but it is expensive.
  • Remind 101 –  You, the teacher, could use this app to remind parents and students about any assignments due, paperwork due, or even about upcoming field trips.

Digital Authoring


Digital Authoring PDF – link to the Digital Authoring site. Garageband on iPads: The students can use this to play around and combine different instruments (drums, guitars, etc.) to make different sounds. The students can use the drums to make up the rhythms. They can also record themselves, play it back, and can add fun sound affects! You, the teacher, can use Garageband to introduce rhythms using the different instruments. If you have internet access (bluetooth), you can have jam sessions with your friends! You can use this in the classroom to have the students work together and practice composing with one another.



Example Activity:

Listen to “tick tock/cuckoo song”.

Give clues and ask what they think the object is.

Ask questions like “what do we depend on clocks to do?

Listen for the steady beat.

Have the students “do as you do”. Make motions for each section of the music and have the students follow you.

After the song, have the students come up with their own motions for the motives and teach the class.

Ask closure questions like: “What part of music did we move to today”and “why did we move the same way for some sections of the music”?

Assessment: use a rubric to grade the students on whether or not they can keep rhythm (can, some of the time, not yet) by having them demonstrate different sections of the piece.

SINGing of Summer



Noteflight – Oh, How I Dream Of Summer

Oh, How I Dream Of Summer

Verse 1:

“Under the tree’s shade,

With a book in hand,

Just lying there alone.

It’s the perfect time of year.”

Verse 2:

“The wind gives relief

And the water feels

Like heaven on earth.

The beach, it’s calling my name.”


“It may be hot and

the days much longer,

but it’s what I want.

Oh, how I dream of summer.”

The students can sing the melody and play along on keyboards.

My inspiration for writing this song is that I really want summer to be here. It may get to be 100 degrees outside but I still love summer. The snocone stands and the pools will be open. Also, no school, no worries. I’m also going to Florida this summer! It’ll be a week of laying on the beach and I can’t wait.


To Sing or not to Sing….To Sing!


The student will create a short song about a character from Dr. Seuss’s book, ABC to the tune of the ABC song.

To make this activity a little easier, I would split the students into groups of 3. First, i would have all the groups draw a number from a hat to see which group gets to pick their character first. Each character can only be used once. Now, it’s time for the students to get creative! The song has to be based on the character that they picked and it has to rhyme at least once. I would give the students maybe 15 minutes to create their songs, and then it’s time to sing them! The students can sing their songs however fast or slow they want to.

I wrote an example:

“Zizzer-Zazzer-Zuzz is me, that you now can plainly see. I love to teach my students everything about music. Zizzer-Zazzer-Zuzz, that’s me! Dedication is the key!”

Just in case the students have forgotten the tune to the ABC song! (or you yourself!)

Links! Final Project


Links to information on the bass clarinet:

These links contain all the information I’m using in my first lesson for my final project over the bass clarinet. The link called range is a link to the actual range of a bass clarinet. The other four links are for the history information.

This is Laurent Ben Stilmane with the Philharmonia Orchestra. He gives a brief breakdown on what the bass clarinet does and he shows the different parts of the clarinet. He also talks about the range of the instrument.

Link to Taskstream Unit. The first lesson is titled The Bass Clarinet: The Back Story.

The Bass Clarinet  – PowerPoint used in the lesson.

Link to the second Lesson in my Taskstream unit. This lesson covers example of bass clarinet literature and some technical information.