- Percussion instruments produce sound by being struck. They help establish the rhythm of a musical piece along with melody and harmony.
- Percussion instruments can have a definite or tuned pitch (such as marimbas, chimes, triangles and xylophones) or indefinite or untuned pitch (such as drums, cymbals and castanets).
- In primary school students will compose music in 4/4 time, or tempo. In high school students will compose music in different tempo measures (eg, 5/4 time).
- High school composition involves recording and the creation of a score.
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Percussion at New York City's Union Square metro station.
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Doing it by the book
As a parent it's only natural to want to help your child, but when it comes to homework and study, the completed work should be theirs.
Here are some important points to remember to ensure your child is following good practice for a lifetime of learning.