Theory Classes: Composition Assignments for 9.20.2019
Here’s the next one for the website! Thank you!
Hey all, we had a great class on Friday! This is gonna be a fun year. 🙂
Your assignment is to take the rhythm exercise and make it into a melody. You can edit the rhythm if you want, add an accompaniment, add dynamics, etc. No restrictions on it, except to keep it around 8 measures. It’s tough to make a complete melody in only 8 measures, which is great practice for you.
You’ll need to have a way to play your compositions in class. If you put it into a computer program and send me the PDF and .mp3, I can play it from my computer. You are also welcome to bring your own computer to play it. Of course, if you write a melody that you can play from a single instrument or sing, you can also perform it live. Please be prepared to give your best foot forward as far as playing your pieces. That will give us the best chance of critiquing well.
Here is a link with several different types of printable staff paper that you can use if you would like. Remember, part of your fee includes print outs, so if you would like me to print these for you, I can print you several sheets and have them available at class next week. Just tell me clearly which one you want. You are welcome to print them yourself, too. Up to you! Remember, I need to know by next Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Earlier would be better.
I also mentioned there are three main types of software you can use to compose using your computer. Links are below. Look at them and choose one. My suggestion is MuseScore, but the choice is completely yours. Remember that whichever system you use, you will need to know how to make your scores into PDF and .mp3 files so you can share them easily with me and with others who may need to see them.
Lastly, here’s my musical happy moment for the week: “How to Impress a Woman” by the MozART group. See you next week!