What makes a good melody? Year 7 have been addressing this by looking at the melody which Elvis Presley made famous in his song ‘Love me tender, love me sweet’. They established that it has a good mix of repeated notes, leaps and movement by step, that it has a balanced structure and sits comfortably within a vocal range.
Their brief was then to take the song and put their own stamp on it, keeping the original melody but adding in some new parts. Here’s a taste of some of their work – the first is a sci-fi take on the melody and the second one involves different instruments and some new harmonies: