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A teaching approach to 'Viva la Vida' - Coldplay (2008)

Added: 01 Oct 2020 Contributor: PDST Resource type: Demonstration / Guide/notes / Presentation

The song is used as the trigger for listening, performing, analysing music, singing harmonic ostinati, composing and being creative.

How it maps to the curriculum


Strand: Performing

Suggestions for use: Starting with a bass-line ostinato, the document shows how to build up a harmonic ostinato. Melodic elements are added; lyrics are changed; the 'Jaws' theme appears; there is a countermelody; the structure of the song is shown and nine learning outcomes are listed. These slides supported a PDST Music workshop and unfortunately the audio clips are not included here. However, they are easy to find.

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