In this activity, students begin by singing along with the song 'Fire' and gradually progress to playing chord instruments like guitar and keyboard in synchronization with the recording.
* NOTE: Seek permission from respective communities for non-Indigenous students to learn and perform music from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Computer and speakers, instruments, iPads or other technology that allow students to play along with the music.
Step by Step guide
Step 1: Connect to previous activities
Students have previously analysed the chord structure of the song Fire and determined that the chords used are Bm, A, Em and G.
Step 2: Familiarise students with song
First, students become familiar with the song by singing along with the recording.
Step 3: Guide students through experience
As competency increases, students playing chord instruments such as guitar and keyboard can join in and play along with the recording.
Once this can be done independently, without the recording, other instruments such as a drum kit.
Other instruments, such as flute, violin etc. can join in by working out the melodic phrases used in the chorus, or, if students have a good ear, the verse melodies as well.
Step 4: Explore, improvise or compose
Students can then improvise or compose new melodic material based on the synthesiser part in the instrumental sections of the song.
Related activities within this resources:
Activity 1 – Building background knowledge
In this activity, students are encouraged to build their understanding of Yolngu culture and beliefs, including their societal structures and the significance of fire in their narratives.
Activity 2 – Evaluating examples
In this activity, students will listen to the Yothu Yindi song 'Fire' and analyze various musical elements such as structure, pitch, duration, tone color, texture, and dynamics.
Computer and speakers to play the soundtrack