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Final Project

posted Jun 4, 2012, 10:04 AM by Michael Lipson   [ updated Jun 4, 2012, 10:05 AM ]

For the final project, you will write a short (two bar) composition using the voice leading principles we discussed. Your composition should:
  • Be two bars in length
  • Be written in four part SATB form
  • Be in a major key other than C and 4/4 time
  • Each chord will be one quarter note in length
  • Use an original chord progression that makes sense per the Common Chord Progressions lesson
  • Adhere to voice leading guidelines
Extra credit (an unspecified amount) will be awarded for original titles. 

Voice Leading Guidelines

posted May 31, 2012, 10:21 AM by Michael Lipson

- All notes should be in range for their instrument
- Don't leap too often

Doubling 

1. Double the root
2. Double the bass note (with a few exceptions)

Chord Connection


3. 7th usually resolves to the tonic (root)
4. no parallel perfect intervals (5ths, 8ves)
5. Avoid voice crossing or overlap

Composition Project: Triads and Triad Inversions

posted May 1, 2012, 7:16 AM by Michael Lipson   [ updated May 1, 2012, 7:17 AM ]

For this project, you will compose a short composition of melody and harmony that includes some of the intervals and concepts that we discussed in this unit. Your project should:
  • Be 4 to 8 bars long
  • Be in a Major key
  • Include each of the following triads in your melody:
    • I, IV, V
    • 1 Major Triad
    • 1 Minor Triad
    • 1 Diminished Triad
    • 1 Triad (of any kind) in 1st or 2nd Inversion
  • Label each of the triads in your melody (use the K or T keys to add text)
Share your finished composition with me using the Sharing menu and email me a link. Make sure you choose the 'Anyone Can View This Score' option, then click the close button at the bottom of the window (not the top).

Diatonic Triad Identification

posted Apr 2, 2012, 10:44 AM by Michael Lipson   [ updated Apr 2, 2012, 10:48 AM ]

Complete this exercise here.

Keep working on this until you get 8 in a row correct, then take a screenshot (Cmd + Shift + 4) and email it to me.

Composition Project: Intervals

posted Mar 26, 2012, 9:59 AM by Michael Lipson

For this project, you will compose a short melody that includes some of the intervals and concepts that we discussed in this unit. Your project should:
  • Be 4 to 8 bars long
  • Include each of the following intervals in your melody:
    • Minor 2nd or Major 2nd
    • Minor 3rd or Major 3rd
    • Perfect 4th or Perfect 5th
    • Minor 6th or Major 6th
    • Minor 7th or Major 7th
  • Label each of the intervals in your melody (use the K or T keys to add text)
  • Somewhere in your composition, include an inversion of an interval you've used earlier, write the name of the new interval and highlight it
Share your finished composition with me using the Sharing menu and email me a link. Make sure you choose the 'Anyone Can View This Score' option, then click the close button at the bottom of the window (not the top).

In-Class Exercises - 3/15/12

posted Mar 15, 2012, 9:57 AM by Michael Lipson   [ updated Mar 15, 2012, 10:52 AM ]

Beginning of Class

Review these lessons if you need a refresher on Major keys or scales:
Then work on the Major Key Signature Exercise to review your Major keys.

End of Class

Click here for the Interval Exercise. Keep working until you get 8 out of 10 in a row, then take a screenshot (Command + Shift + 4) and email it to me at mlipson@natickps.org. Once you get 8 in a row, you may begin packing up your stuff.

First Composition Project

posted Feb 14, 2012, 10:39 AM by Michael Lipson   [ updated Feb 14, 2012, 10:40 AM ]

For your first composition, use Noteflight to create two short monophonic musical ideas. They should:
  • Be 4 or 8 Bars Long
  • Include at least 5 notes in a row from a major scale
The first musical idea should be in the key of C Major, the second should be in F Major. Use the key signature tools in Noteflight to assign a key to your composition (rather than using accidentals). 

Homework 2/13/12

posted Feb 13, 2012, 10:42 AM by Michael Lipson

Draw the following four major scales on staff paper:
  1. Treble Clef: G Major
  2. Bass Clef: Eb Major
  3. Treble Clef: B Major
  4. Bass Clef: D Major

The Circle of Fifths and Intervals

posted Feb 6, 2012, 11:18 AM by Michael Lipson

How to draw the circle of fifths:

Creating the Circle of Fifths


Drawing the circle of fifths helps us figure out how to write and identify key signatures, which is useful in many situations. One such situation is when we're figuring out an interval.

Understanding Intervals: Part 1


To summarize, here is the procedure for figuring out an interval. This method is faster than the one we discussed in class, but requires that you know your major scales. 
  1. Figure out which key you're in by checking the key signature. Remember that the bottom note will be the tonic (first) note of the scale. 
  2. Figure out the major scale that's associated with the key you're in. For example, the key of A Major is associated with the A Major scale. The key of Bb major is associated with the Bb Major scale.
  3. Count up to the higher note (remember to include the tonic note in the count)
  4. Intervals are called: Unison, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th or 8ve (octave)
Use this chart to find the Major scale associated with the key you're in:

Here are a couple more lessons you can check out if the videos above were a little confusing for you.

Note Reading Exercises

posted Jan 26, 2012, 10:22 AM by Michael Lipson

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