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

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.

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.

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.

12 Bar Blues Composition

Explain, identify and apply the 12-bar blues chord sequence. Create a melody that fits over the 12-bar blues chord sequence.

Beginning Band 5-Note Melody Composition

Create a four measure melody using the first five notes the have learned.

Create Basic 8th Note Sight-Reading

Notate basic sight-reading melodies using simple 8th note rhythms. Once completed, you and your partner will both play each other’s excerpt. After playing your partner’s excerpt, leave a comment in the score as to the overall playability.

Orchestra Composition in D

Students will demonstrate their understanding of quarter notes and half notes both in composition and on their instruments. Then they will show their ability to identify the notes in the D Major scale both in their composition and on their instruments. Finally, students will create a simple 8 bar melody appropriate for their instrument.

Jessica Williams
Middle School
Open String Composition

Beginning Orchestra students will become more familiar with the placement of notes on the staff and the open strings. Beginning Orchestra students will perform an original composition for class.