Compose Arrange Record Lesson

Write a four-bar composition with proper harmonic, melodic, voice-leading considerations. Arrange it for instruments (including transpositions), perform it, and then sync the audio.

Ryan Sweer
AP Course
AP TheoryComposition
ABA Composition

Students will write a melody in the Key of C Major, and compose a harmonic bass line to accompany the melody, while following the checklist listed below.

1.____ Melody uses Repetition, Sequence, or Inversion
2.____ Melody has ABA Form
3.____ Melody is in C Major
4.____ Composition is written in 4/4 time, 4 beats per measure
5.____ Bass notes support melody
6.____ Notation is written with correct stem up or stem down
7.____ Title for Composition
8.____ ABA Form are related in idea and sound
9.____ Composition sounds complete



Composition in ABA Form

Create an ABA composition including melody and provide accompaniments using Noteflight. Classmates can then provide useful feedback regarding their compositions.

Suspensions Lesson

In this lesson students will identify preparation, suspension, and resolution parts of different suspensions. Then students can label different kinds of suspensions (9-8, 7-6, 4-3, 2-3) with Roman numeral analysis and compose suspensions in a chorale setting.

AP Music Theory: Species II Counterpoint – C Minor

The goal is to provide mid-year AP Music Theory students with the opportunity to write simple Species II counterpoint. The focal key is C minor. Staying in one key gives students the students the opportunity to get comfortable writing in (harmonic) minor and gain fluidity specifically in C minor. The third exercise offers students the chance to harmonize the leading tone of a secondary dominant (V/V).

Diatonic Triads and Common Chord Progression in the Major Mode

Students notate the diatonic triads in a Major key of their choice, and then, referencing content on Common Chord Progression, students compose a brief chord progression in that key.

Question and Answer Worksheet

Students will compose question and answer phrases.

Create Parallel and Contrasting Periods

The student will be able to write the consequent phrase of a parallel or contrasting period when given the antecedent.

Blue Scale Melody Composition

The object of this lesson is to help students with an introduction to the Blues and the Blues Scale. While they might not be ready to improvise right away, they can start to try to compose using a basic scale. Students are given a C Blues scale and a blank 12 bar blues with accompaniment. They are to compose a melody over those 12 bars.

Tendency Tones

Teach students how notes within a major scale want to resolve. Help students identify stable and unstable tones within a key both aurally and visually.