Throughout term 4, Grade 5 and 6 students have been exploring West African music and culture through drumming. This week they have applied their new knowledge creativity to compose short percussion pieces. The students formed small ensembles and were then set a task of creating several short ostinati (a repeated short rhythmic or melodic phrase). Each group then had to arrange each ostinato so that they all fit or locked together to form their rhythmic composition. The level of collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity was amazing and considering they were only given 20mins of composition and rehearsal time, the students produced some wonderful pieces.