Pentatonic Melody Composition

1. Learners will compose a 4 measure melody using the pentatonic collection. (MU:CR2.1.6b, 9.1.8.A)
2. Learners will analyze their peer’s composition and explain how the pitches, rhythms, and structure either support or detract from the melody. (MU:Pr4.2.6b, MU:Re7.2.T.Ia)
3. Learners will demonstrate use of computer music notation to share their musical ideas. (9.1.8.J)
4. Learners will revise their melody based on peer feedback. (MU:Cr3.1.T.Ia)

Construction of scales and identification of keys

Students will construct major scales using accidentals
Students will assign the appropriate key signature to a melody that only uses accidentals
Students will compose a melody in A major using accidentals

The Major/Minor Effect

Students will construct the C Major scale, A natural minor scale, and A melodic minor scale along with a 4 measure simple composition in either A natural minor or A melodic minor. Finally, students will use the recording themselves playing the scales and composition on their respective instrument. This lesson can be altered for different keys.

A Day In the Life of Jack the Cat – Compose using Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So

Students will be able to compose a short motif using known rhythms and pitches.


Objective(s): as a result of this lesson students will know and/or be able to…
1. Identify and describe changes in elements and expressive qualities
2. Classify musical sound sources into groups
3. Read and interpret the traditional music notation of note values letter names
4. Describe the processes involved in composing, conducting and performing

Simple Composition Assignment for Band Students

1. Objective 1 – Students will be able to compose a piece for their instrument using the notes from their Eb concert scale and a given rhythm.
2. Objective 2 – Students will be able to record themselves playing their composition in Noteflight and reflect on their piece and performance.
3. Objective 3 – Students will reflect on their own compositions as well as the compositions of others.

Recorder Karate: White Belt Mastery and Composition Unit

Students will be able to:

1. perform their White Belt Song on the recorder and record it for mastery.

2. compose a piece of music using the notes BAG and rhythms of quarter, half, and whole notes or rests.

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D Major Scale Worksheet and Playing Test

Students will be able to name the notes from and create an 8 measure composition using the D Major scale.

Composition Activity

Students will demonstrate knowledge on the differences between steps and skips, they will generate music composition ideas within given parameters, and lastly students will combine music composition ideas into a short melody.

Elementary band composition and performance.

Create an eight-measure rhythmic composition, apply a melody to it and perform it.