Music is put together using structure. Just as a house is built using scaffolding and books have a beginning, middle and an end, music is composed using different structures or forms.
We are going to look at the similarities between sandwiches and the structure of music.
Binary Form (AB)
Just as cheese on toast has two ingredients, music in binary form has two sections.
We label these sections ‘A’ and ‘B’.
Ternary Form (ABA)
A sandwich has three layers
Music in ternary form also has three sections and normally the B section contrasts with the A sections.
Rondo Form (ABACADA…)
Rondo form is like a multi-layered sandwich with a different filling on each piece of bread. Music in rondo form has a section that is repeated over and over again.
A different idea is sandwiched between each ‘A’ section
You have now been commissioned by an events company to design three cakes for a music conference. The three cakes must represent binary form, ternary form and rondo form. Each layer must be labelled with a letter and the filling of your choice. (A will always be sponge!) (Draw your cake designs into your booklets!)