Level 4 Motifs

There are 26 ‘Motifs’ Tracks. These are meant for children and adults with profound learning difficulties, to help them get to grips with recognisable groups of sounds, that Western classical musicians call ‘motifs’, jazzers call ‘riffs’ or ‘licks’, pop singers call ‘hooks’ and people making advertisements call ‘stings’.

The important thing is that these groups of notes are clearly recognisable and easy to remember. They are rather like company logos, but made of sound. They are the building blocks of which almost all music is made up – so to understand music, the brain first needs to grasp motifs, and these tracks are designed to help with that learning process.

Tracks 1–6 are present everyday motifs, both natural and made by human.

Motifs :Track 1 – Birds singing
Motifs: Track 2 – Clocks chiming
Motifs: Track 3 – Doorbells
Motifs: Track 4 – Ringtones
Motifs: Track 5 – Computer sounds
Motifs: Track 6 – Monkeys whooping

Tracks 7–24 present the main motifs from the Tuning In songs. Each starts with simple instrumental versions, then wordless vocal renditions, and finally recordings with words.

Motifs Track: 7 – Humans calling
Motifs: Track 8 – Hello
Motifs: Track 9 – Goodbye
Motifs: Track 10 – Yes please
Motifs: Track 11 – No thank you
Motifs: Track 12 – Finished
Motifs: Track 13 – Sad
Motifs: Track 14 – Happy
Motifs: Track 15 – Home
Motifs: Track 16 – Music
Motifs: Track 17 – More
Motifs: Track 18 – Up and down
Motifs: Track 19 – Stretch and bend
Motifs: Track 20 – Left, right
Motifs: Track 21 – Slowly and quickly
Motifs: Track 22 – Quiet and loud
Motifs: Track 23 – Who’s sitting next to me?
Motifs: Track 24 – All join in!

For some children and young people, with severe learning difficulties who can’t speak, it may be possible for motifs like these to function instead of words. For others, they can be used scaffold speech that is in the early stages.

Motifs: Track 25 – Listen!
Motifs: Track 26 – Sound and silence
Motifs: Track 27 – Time to rest

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