SoundJunction takes an innovative approach to the essentials of music: using interacting and creating activities to enable students to experiment with elements of music themselves, hearing how they are used.
So, for example, you can show a student how rhythms can be reversed, drawing on the page ‘Staggering the seed rhythm backwards’. This page examines a two-bar passage from the orchestral work Emerging Dances, where composer David Horne uses a rhythmic motif in retrogression.
The student is led through a series of listening, comparing and interacting activities. First they hear the passage and the rhythmic motif, then the motif played backwards. Finally, by ‘moving’ the music of one instrument back in time they can see and hear how the composer has staggered the backwards rhythm.
Or there are over a hundred similar pages covering different theoretical and analytical devices. See the 'Explore music' section.